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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