Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:22 AM
Bosonic (3,034 posts)
South Korea finds cracks in control rod tunnels at nuclear plant
South Korean nuclear regulators have found microscopic cracks in tunnels that guide control rods at a nuclear plant under maintenance, government officials said on Friday, raising new concerns over the country's nuclear power sector.
The discovery of the cracks at the reactor comes just days after two reactors at the same plant in Yeonggwang county, in the southwest of the country, were shut down to replace parts that had been provided with forged certificates.
South Korea is investigating how thousands of parts for its nuclear reactors were supplied using forged safety documents, with regulators set to inspect all 23 of the country's facilities - a move that could test public support for the industry and threaten billions of dollars worth of exports.
"There are cracks in six tunnels. The reactor has been halted since October 18 for regular maintenance and now the process has been extended by a further 47 days for repair of the cracks," said a spokeswoman for the presidential Korea Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/us-korea-nuclear-idUSBRE8A80D420121109
11 replies, 2459 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
South Korea finds cracks in control rod tunnels at nuclear plant (Original post)
Response to Bosonic (Original post)
Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:14 AM
davidpdx (17,281 posts)
2. And the news just keeps getting better for us in Korea
Geez...what else is wrong with these plants? Is it going to take a Chernobyl type meltdown to get these people to actually fully inspect all the nuclear plants.