S. Korea invites inspection to allay nuclear safety fears
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Tuesday announced plans to open all its 23 nuclear reactors to international inspection in an apparent bid to allay growing public concern over nuclear safety.
The government will start taking bids on Wednesday from international organisations or consortia capable of carrying out such a national survey, with a winner to be announced on May 3, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said.
The ministry in January had promised nuclear sector reforms after a series of malfunctions, shutdowns and corruption scandals further undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.
The 10-week inspection will look into the safety of all 23 reactors currently in operation and evaluate maintenance procedures at eight sample reactors, the ministry said.