Asahi: Incident at nuclear plant systematically covered up by South Korea — Official first learned of ‘mishap’ at local restaurant

Published: March 16th, 2012 at 1:39 pm ET


Title: Korean nuclear plant systematically covered up power glitch
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: March 16, 2012

Officials at the Kori Nuclear Power Plant, the oldest such facility in South Korea, systematically covered up a potentially very serious power failure in February, according to sources close to the case.

All power was lost for 12 minutes on Feb. 9 at the Kori-1 reactor, which, if prolonged, could have had disastrous consequences. […]

Plant officials took more than a month to report the incident to the nation’s nuclear safety watchdog. […]

The commission also disclosed that the accident came to light by chance. It emerged that a Busan assembly member initiated an inquiry only after learning of the mishap during a conversation at a local restaurant. […]

Read the report here

Published: March 16th, 2012 at 1:39 pm ET


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14 comments to Asahi: Incident at nuclear plant systematically covered up by South Korea — Official first learned of ‘mishap’ at local restaurant

  • Anthony Anthony

    Its almost too painful to care anymore.

    Nothing was learned by Fukushima.

    indignant a year later that authorities chose to disrespect us through lies and half truths, we learn yet again, another country`s nuclear facility has done exactly the same.

    Its not even funny.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Yes, Anthony, but that is the nature of all movements and social change working to open up and expose entrenched power that promotes dangers, corruptions, injustices, and always a tad of totalitarian attitudes. They are incapable of public honesty. They are Captains of Industry in their eyes, and they get a get-out-of-jail-free card because they see themselves as contributing more to society through providing energy that damaging society by poisoning it. Nature, cold, darkness, weather is the enemy to them – and they think they have the answer to that. And, because we all buy their product, they have no reason to see themselves any differently than the privileged and economically necessary business people, scientists, and engineers that we support them to be.

      So, we must pace ourselves because it takes a minimum of 15 to 25 years to bring change to society. So, I truly hope that you're going to do a lot of reading and research, a lot of raging, a lot of supporting others to do the same, a lot of educating yourself and others and figuring out actions to take, and over time, this WILL bring about change. But, you will NEVER get their respect nor the truth from their own lips. There are few harder tasks and life gets complicated, so most people give up and buy into it all. But, it is your indignant spirit that may keep you trying to save this planet. So, i thank you for your indignancy and your concern, and your efforts and your sharing and caring and for reminding us that "if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention".

    • Buffalojam

      Anthony – Just a short reply to your fine comment and your statement that nothing has been learned from Fukushima. I have learned something. Not long ago I would have regarded the post accident behavior of those involved in the South Korean situation, mentioned above, as individual acts of misbehavior by particular power company officials, government agencies, and media organizations. After Fukushima (and Ft. Calhoun, Fort Anna, and now South Korea) I see these behaviors as the same, consistent acts of self-preservation conducted by one massive, multi-national conglomerate, call it Nuclear Power, Inc. with national government and media subsidiaries. Learning that reality would be the first step in the battle for change. Vic, I thought your comment was also incredibly thought provoking as well but 25 years (if we last that long) for change may be an underestimate.

      • StillJill StillJill

        Let's not forget though of the folks before us who HAVE been fighting against NUKE power for well over 40 years already! I know of one such man in my own life. Too bad he burned out and hides now,…but 25 years for change from here on,…negates their 40 year efforts-IMO. I know JoyB and Ruth,…and many others here have already put a nice dent in nuclear change.

        Hang in there, we must!

        • Anthony Anthony

          All true guys. All true.

        • Buffalojam

          Excellent point StillJill. As usual, you are right. I am guilty of starting the clock only after I joined the battle on 3-12-11, neglecting all the great work that went on before. No doubt a nice dent has been put into the side of the industry by those wise enough to start the fight long ago. Unfortunately, I see it as only contributing to the drawing of the battle lines. With that work, the Fukushima disaster, and the many other nuclear "incidents" taking place we have a clearer vision of the issues involved if we dare to look at them.

  • They always coverup, they always lie, until they are busted, and then they continue to lie as much as they can. Nuke can't stand the light of day.

    I used to run a anti-nuke blog called Nuke Pimp —until I saw this headline from Mish Shedlock

    Wall Street Pimps and Whores Story Extends Far Beyond Goldman Sachs: Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, All Guilty

    Once my namesake got looped into those cast of characters, I decided to get to, and change to Nuke Professional

    54 people have filled the Nuke energy survey, takes 30 seconds stop by and fill it out.

    • Fall out man!

      It's a great site Stock. The name change is good too, gives a professional image. (Though I did like the old one, since it summed up the shills so well, a bunch of pimps pushing an industry that destroys lives). The section where you estimate how much Uranium and Plutonium was aerosolized into the atmosphere by Fukushima was outstanding. The information is there if people are prepared to think.

      • Thanks, I did like the Nukepimp name too…but most people didn't "get it" and it was too easy for the PNP's to take pot shots.

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          I agree.. most people think in ten second soundbites.. If they hear pimp, they dismiss you right away. They will rarely or never listen to the actual, reality behind the name.

          Good move… applause… cheers….. keep up the good work.