Nuke plant probe finds 277 quality certificates forged
The Office for Government Policy Coordination on Thursday announced the results of its probe into a nuclear power plant scandal over forged documents on Thursday.
Minister of the OPC Kim Dong-yeon says an investigation into the nation's 20 operating nuclear plants found that nearly 280 quality certificates were forged.
"Two-hundred-seventy-seven quality certificates were confirmed to have been fabricated, and most of the 7,730 parts installed under those documents have either been replaced or have completed a re-certifying process."
Regarding a yet-to-be-completed probe on five plants currently being built and three plants that were shut down this summer, Kim said more than 2-thousand safety documents were confirmed to have been fabricated.
The government has indicted some 100 people involved in the scandal so far on charges of document fabrication.
The list includes suppliers and certification officials.
The former president of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation and the vice president of the Korea Electric Power Corporation were also indicted on charges of taking bribes.
Minister Kim added, however, none of the plant break-downs reported over the last 10 years were related to the parts supplied under forged documents.
The government has also laid out anti-corruption measures for the nation's nuclear plant industry.
The measures include regulating personal exchanges between public officials and suppliers, and improving transparency within the current purchasing system.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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