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China shuts Taishan nuclear reactor over ‘imminent’ safety threat via The Times

China has shut down a nuclear reactor for “maintenance” because of what it said was minor fuel damage, after an increase in radiation levels prompted warnings from its French designers of an “imminent radiological threat”.

The authorities switched off the new-generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Taishan in Guangdong province today, more than a month after saying minor fuel rod damage had led to the “common phenomenon” of a build-up of radioactive gases that were no cause for concern.

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