HONG KONG WATCHING CHINESE NUCLEAR PLANT AFTER LEAK REPORTED
Techlife News|Techlife News #503
China’s government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong’s leader said her administration was closely watching the facility.

The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details. He responded to reporters’ questions by saying, “there is nothing abnormal detected in the radiation level surrounding the plant.”

In Hong Kong, radiation levels Tuesday were normal, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Framatome, a French company that helps manage the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, said Monday it was dealing with a “performance issue.” It said the facility was operating within safe limits.

That followed a report by CNN that Framatome told U.S. authorities about a possible leak.

“With regards to foreign media reports about a nuclear plant in Taishan, Guangzhou, the Hong Kong government attaches a high degree of importance to this,” said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

She said her government would ask authorities in Guangdong for information and tell the public about any developments.

China is one of the biggest users of nuclear power and is building more reactors at a time when few other governments have plans for new facilities because the cost of solar, wind and other alternatives is plunging.

Chinese leaders see nuclear power as a way to reduce air pollution and demand for imports of oil and gas, which they deem a security risk. Government plans call for Hong Kong to use more mainland nuclear power to allow the closure of coal-fired power plants.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM TECHLIFE NEWSView All

AMAZON'S MISSION: GETTING A ‘KEY' TO YOUR APARTMENT BUILDING

Amazon is tired of ringing doorbells.

4 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

PRIEST OUTED VIA GRINDR APP HIGHLIGHTS RAMPANT DATA TRACKING

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy.

4 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

DISNEY MAY GET $570M IN TAX BREAKS FOR NEW CAMPUS

The Walt Disney Co. stands to benefit from more than a half billion dollars in tax breaks for building a new regional campus in Florida that promises to employ at least 2,000 professional employees who will be relocating from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

SMALL BUSINESSES LIFTED BY RETURN OF SUMMER TOURISTS

Small businesses in the U.S. that depend on tourism and vacationers say business is bouncing back, as Americans rebook postponed trips and spend freely on food, entertainment and souvenirs.

5 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

DUTCH DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY FINES TIKTOK OVER PRIVACY

The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority said Thursday it has fined TikTok 750,000 euros ($885,000) for not offering a privacy statement in Dutch, saying many children who use the popular video sharing app would be unable to understand the information.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE FIXED AFTER MONTH OF NO SCIENCE

The Hubble Space Telescope should be back in action soon, following a tricky, remote repair job by NASA.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

FRANCE WEIGHS CYBERSECURITY MOVES AFTER SPYWARE REPORTS

French President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency cybersecurity meeting Thursday to weigh possible government action after reports that his cellphone and those of government ministers may have been targeted by spyware.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

‘WE'RE BACK ON THE ROAD!' ROLLING STONES RELAUNCH U.S. TOUR

Time is finally on their side.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

SOUTHWEST, AMERICAN POST 2Q PROFITS AS AIR TRAVEL PICKS UP

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both posted second-quarter profits on Thursday thanks to generous federal pandemic relief that covers most of their labor costs.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508

JEFF BEZOS BLASTS INTO SPACE ON OWN ROCKET: ‘BEST DAY EVER!'

Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.

5 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #508