Title: Cracks found in South Korean nuclear reactor
Source: Yahoo! News
Date: Nov. 9, 2012
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.
[... A spokeswoman for the presidential Korea Nuclear Safety and Security Commission] said it was the first time cracks of this type had been found in South Korea’s nuclear sector, but added the safety risk was not serious enough to require public disclosure.
CNN: The cracks themselves are not a serious issue and have been found at reactors in such other countries as the United States and Japan, said Jae Moo-sung, a professor in the nuclear engineering department of Hanyang University. But Jae warned that the news could hurt South Korea’s efforts to export its nuclear power technology to other countries.
Published: November 9th, 2012 at 7:38 am ET