No impact from radiation leak at China nuclear plant, says CLP

HONG KONG, June 15 (BestGrowthStock) – CLP Holdings Ltd (0002.HK: ),
Hong Kong’s largest power supplier, said it had recorded a
small rise in radioactivity in reactor cooling water at a
nuclear plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen last
month.

“The reactor cooling water is sealed in completely and
isolated from the external environment, thus causing no impact
to the public,” CLP said on Tuesday.

CLP’s statement followed a report by Washington-based Radio
Free Asia that the Daya Bay nuclear plant had suffered a large
radiation leak that was threatening public safety.

Preliminary assessments indicated there was a very small
leakage at a fuel rod in Unit 2 of the power station, the
company said in a statement obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.

The level of radioactivity had since remained stable over
the last two weeks, it said.

Operations at the Daya Bay nuclear power plant had not been
affected, said the company, adding that the situation did not
fall within the International Nuclear Event Scale, which
measures the significance of nuclear accidents.

Daya Bay nuclear power plant, 25 percent owned by CLP, is
located about 50 km (30 miles) from densely-populated Hong Kong
and supplies a quarter of the city’s power.

The power station, which comprises two nuclear reactors
with a generating capacity of 984 megawatts each, has been
controversial in Hong Kong, where activists have questioned the
safety of the facility.

Activists have raised questions about the time it took for
CLP to issue a statement about the leak.

“We are concerned about the plant’s slow reaction (to the
incident) and the long duration it took them to act on the
situation,” said Prentice Koo, a Greenpeace campaigner in Hong
Kong.

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau said the Hong Kong
Observatory’s radiation monitoring stations had not registered
any unusual levels since May 23. The bureau said it would study
the incident further and follow up with CLP.

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(Reporting by Alison Leung and Darren Chen; Editing by Don
Durfee and Chris Lewis)

No impact from radiation leak at China nuclear plant, says CLP