The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

South Koreans to ponder where to store nuclear waste


SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea is to hold public consultations on where to store waste nuclear fuel as storage capacity at its reactors is reaching full capacity, the government said on Tuesday.

The plan to set up an independent consultative body comes as South Korea grapples with its worst nuclear crisis ever after forged certificates were used by parts suppliers to the nuclear industry, causing stoppages at two reactors as the bitter Korean winter draws near.

The government has been criticised for a lack of transparency over safety for its nuclear programme and for the dual supervisory and promotion roles of its regulators.

The Ministry of the Knowledge Economy and its officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the consultations over storing waste fuel temporarily - for perhaps 50 years or so - would be completed by the end of 2014.