Chinese Taishan Plant: A "performance problem" has been reported at the nuclear facility

Chinese Taishan Plant: A "performance problem" has been reported at the nuclear facility

A French energy company said it had deliberately released gas from a Chinese nuclear power plant in an effort to fix a "performance problem ". 

EDF Energy confirms that there is an accumulation of noble gases in one of the reactor's primary circuits. 

This came after CNN reported that the US government was assessing reports of a leak at the Taishan plant. 

The Chinese owner of the facility, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, refuted the allegations of a leak on Monday.

A spokesman for EDF Energy said that the paint on some fuel rods had deteriorated. The company said that the gases were collected and treated prior to release into the atmosphere "in accordance with the regulations ". 

Noble gases, also known as inert gases, are a group of stable chemical elements with very low potency. It is often used in situations where scientists do not want chemical reactions, for example in nuclear reactors or lighting. 

Noble gases have a myriad of uses in modern life. For example, neon is a noble gas, and thus the chemical behind the neon lights.

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