Scandal involving over 7,500 unqualified replacement parts shuts down two South Korean nuclear plants

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The Number 5 and 6 nuclear reactors at the Yeonggwang Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea were shut down this week, after it was found that over 7,500 parts in 5 nuclear reactors have fabricated quality warranties.  The two largest capacity nuclear reactors at the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power station will be kept out of service for the foreseeable future while repairs are being made.

The Knowledge Economy Ministry revealed to reporters on Monday that 8 parts suppliers have been installing unproven parts after faking their warranties since 2003.  Korean Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., found that eight suppliers had sold it a total of 7,682 items with forged quality certificates between 2003 and 2012, according to the government.

Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-woo said that the parts may have been able to be used in other industries, but lacked the proper certification and requirements for nuclear power plant usage.  “Comprehensive safety check-ups are necessary at these two reactors where the uncertified parts were used extensively,” Hong said.

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  1. With this type of business going on that can not be detected for years, how many existing plants are using none approved parts that can not survive in radiation areas.
    These plants seem to be a bomb with a lit fuse and we do not know how long each one is.

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