November 4th, 2012
10:39 PM ET

News report: 2 South Korean nuclear reactors shut down

Two nuclear reactors on South Korea's southwest coast have been shut down after the government announced it had discovered "unproven" parts were being used in such plants, according to a report Monday from Yonhap news agency.

Minister of Knowledge Economy Hong Suk-woo said there's no threat of a radiation leak, saying the parts in question were "ordinary" - things such as fuses and power switches - and are unrelated to the reactors themselves but haven't met the requirements to be used in nuclear plants.

According to Hong, eight suppliers faked 60 warranties for 234 parts (involving a total of 7,682 items worth about 820 million won, or $750,000) since 2003, Yonhap reported.

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  1. Psy

    Oppa Nuclear Style!

    November 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Wonder what country those parts were supplied from? That would kinda be a nice thing to know doncha think?

    November 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Why would that have any bearing at all? Regardless of where they are from, it's the governments responsibility to verify all parts for nuclear power facilities. The parts in this case were NOT from China. Parts were mostly GE and refurbed in S. Korea. International regs are that each serial has to be verified and tracked. It's an easy process and clearly that wasn't being followed. KINS is supposed to be checking on this but obviously wasn't.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    They came from China

    November 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Incorrect.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. TvNyC

    Your wrong Adam, now shut up condom style.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    The fact that they LIED about them meeting the requirements is what gives a bearing om WHERE they come from. That gives probable cause for other countries having a more rigorous instection on parts they purchase from that location if you must no.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    *inspection*

    November 5, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bronco Bamma

    Same with their Hyundai Kia mileage fiasco, so much for the "hard earned" free trade agreement by Pres Obama.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cindy

    Don't worry, it will re-open!!

    November 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    There has been a free trade agreement in affect long before Obama was ever heard of so you cant blame that on him. It was one of the last things Clinton did before leaving office, so unfortunately we cant even blame mr dumbasapost GWB!

    November 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |