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The Biden administration still does not consider the incident a “crisis situation,” according to reports.

The United States Government evaluates a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company, which owns part of the plant and helps to operate it, warned of an “imminent radiological threat” in it, according to CNN.

According to the outlet – which had access to a letter sent by Framatome, the French company, to the US State Department – the Chinese authorities in charge of the security of the Taishan nuclear power plant, in the province of Guangdong, have raised the acceptable limits for the detection of radiation outside the facilities to avoid their closure as a result of the leak, which has not yet been contained.

Despite the alarming notification, the administration headed by Joe Biden believes the facility is not yet at a “crisis level” and officials consulted by CNN agree that the situation does not currently pose a serious threat to the safety of plant workers or the Chinese public.

However, it is very unusual for a foreign company to try with the US Government to seek help while its Chinese state partner has not yet acknowledged that there is a problem.

A scenario that could put Washington in a complicated situation if the leak continues or worsens without being repaired.

The Biden Administration’s concern over the incident was significant enough that the National Security Council held multiple meetings last week while monitoring the situation, two of them high-level. 

In addition, the US government has discussed the situation with its French counterpart and its own experts at the Department of Energy.

In a statement issued last Friday, hours after CNN contacted Framatome for the first time to inquire about the incident, the French company acknowledged that, according to available data, “the plant is operating within safety parameters“. 

“Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential problems,” the text adds.

However, Framatome did not directly address the content of the letter it sent to the Department of Energy when asked by CNN.

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