S. Korea finds forged reactor safety documents
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean nuclear reactors have been abruptly shut down 128 times over the past decade because of faulty parts, officials said on Thursday, amid a scandal over forged safety certificates.
Government officials who inspected 22,000 certificates for parts used in 20 working reactors found that 277 or 1.2 percent of the documents had been forged, the Prime Minister's Office said.
A separate probe of eight other reactors, which are offline or under construction, showed that 0.9 percent of the certificates had been forged, the office said.
It did not specify whether the defective parts which caused the 128 shutdowns had been given fake certification.