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Korea's First Nuclear Waste Facility Opens in Gyeongju Updated: 2010-12-24 12:00:00 KST

Korea's First Nuclear Waste Facility Opens in Gyeongju
Korea's first dedicated nuclear waste repository began operations on Friday in the city of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province despite protests from local residents.
Korea Radioactive Waste Management Corporation, or KRMC, said the facility received its first delivery of a thousand drums of waste material from a nuclear power plant in Uljin on the east coast.
The material, however, went to a temporary holding facility, prompting some locals to issue a statement saying they're against Gyeongju receiving nuclear waste before the permanent storage facility is completed.
The company responded that the level of radiation from the waste will be lower than that a person is exposed to in a CAT scan or X-ray and that it has installed sensors in the area to detect any sudden changes in radiation levels.
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