Problems at a Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong probably aren’t cause for any concern, experts have said, but some of the politics behind the situation just might be.

An issue discovered inside China General Nuclear Power Corp.’s Taishan Unit 1 reactor, in which presumably damaged fuel rod casings leaked inert gas, has happened enough times in the industry that operators know how to manage it and it’s usually "not any kind of threat,” according to Jeff Merrifield, a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner.

What’s perhaps more unsettling is the seeming lack of communication between state-owned CGN and Electricite de France SA (EDF), the designer and minority owner of the plant. It was an EDF unit that alerted the U.S. government on the issue, and on Monday the parent firm called for CGN to provide more information and to meet to discuss the operation’s issues.