World U.N.'s Nuclear Watchdog Has 'No Indication' Chinese Nuclear Plant Is Leaking
South Dakota Meat Processing Plant Weighing Walkout After Union Rejects Smithfield Contract
A union at a South Dakota pork plant is considering a walkout after rejecting a contract with Smithfield foods. Meat-packing workers have been forced to navigate employment in a pandemic, and the union hopes a strike will help get base pay at the plant raised to $19 an hour.Workers at the plant are part of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union's Sioux Falls chapter. Of all the union members who voted on whether or not to accept the Smithfield deal, 99% said no, the Associated Press reported.
After a potential radioactive leak was reported Monday at a nuclear plant in China, the' nuclear watchdog told the Associated Press there is "no indication" one occurred.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it knew of media reports about possible radioactive danger and that it would share more information when available on the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant. The facility is owned by the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and France's Électricité de France, the main owner of Framatome, a French company that designs and manufactures nuclear power plant equipment and systems.
Top House Republicans urge Biden to create strategy to combat China nuclear build-up
EXCLUSIVE: The top Republicans on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence committees are urging President Biden to create a “comprehensive interagency strategy” to stop China’s nuclear build-up, while warning that lack of action on the matter could result in China reaching “a degree of nuclear parity” with the United States by 2030. In a letter to the president, exclusively obtained by Fox News, House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers, and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, outlined the threat.
"At this stage, the agency has no indication that a radiological incident occurred," the IAEA said. Framatome informed the U.S. Department of Energy of an "imminent radiological threat" at the plant, but U.S. officials believed no dire threat to safety was present,said Monday.
Following the report, Framatome said a "performance issue" was being dealt with.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:
Framatome said the plant is operating within safety limits. Électricité de France, a multinational electric utility, helps operate the plant.
"Framatome is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, China," Framatome said in a statement Monday.
"According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters," it said. "Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue."
China: an EPR nuclear reactor under
© supplied by the China, nuclear point , EP Q EU is going to the Taishan nuclear power plant in southern China? CNN reported a possible radioactive leak on the site, which has two French technology EPR reactors, built by EDF . The US media would build on a letter sent by Framatome, a subsidiary of EDF, the US Department of Energy, to advance this information.
Radiation levels in Hong Kong, 85 miles from the Taishan plant, were normal on Monday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which monitors radiation around the city.
CNN reported Monday that Framatome had written to the U.S. Department of Energy and accused Chinese authorities of raising acceptable limits for radiation outside the plant to avoid having to shut it down.
Électricité de France said in a statement Monday that it had been informed of the increase in concentration of "certain rare gases" in the primary circuit of reactor No. 1 at the Taishan plant.
"The presence of certain rare gases in the primary circuit is a known phenomenon, studied and foreseen by the operating procedures of the reactors," it said.
The utility said it is providing its expertise and has requested that the joint venture company that runs the plant hold a meeting of its board of directors so that management "presents all the data and the necessary decisions."
No "abnormal" radioactivity around the Taishan nuclear power plant, ensures China
© provided by the Parisian the Taishan power station is the only EPR power plant in the world. AFP / Xinhua In the aftermath of the announcement of a possible leak at the nuclear power plant in Taishan , in the south of China, Beijing is reassuring: radioactivity around it is not "abnormal".
Chinese authorities in Beijing and Guangdong did not immediately respond to attempts to seek comment on Monday, a public holiday.
The plant issued a statement on Sunday saying, "At present, continuous monitoring of environmental data shows that the environmental indicators of Taishan Nuclear Power Plant and its surroundings are normal."
It did not refer to any problems and said that "all operating indicators of the two units have met the requirements of nuclear safety regulations and power plant technical specifications."
The IAEA told the AP that it was in contact with its counterpart in China.
The two reactors entered commercial operation in December 2018 and September 2019, the local city government said on its website. They are the first of a new type called European Pressurized Reactors to become operational in the world. Construction began earlier on two other EPRs in Finland and France, but they continue to face costly delays.
Nationals launch push for nuclear energy in Australia .
The discussion comes after nuclear supporter Barnaby Joyce was re-elected as leader of National Party in a coup that ousted Michael McCormack.According to The Australian, ministers from both the Liberal and National parties have discussed taking the policy to the next election, which is due by May.