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Kori-1 nuclear power plant waiting for final approval to resume operation via The Korea Herald

Experts say putting the nation’s first nuclear plant back into action will relieve power shortage

Controversy is growing again over resuming the operation of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant Kori-1, which was shut down on March 13 following an abrupt power cut early this year.

The Kori-1 plant, which began operation in 1978 in the northern part of Busan, had completed its scheduled life span in 2007. But it was granted a 10-year extension in 2008 after an inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The plant, however, caused safety concerns in February when one of its two reactors temporarily lost power during a safety check.

Even though the power cut did not lead to any damage, public uproar was triggered after it came to light that engineers had tried to cover up the mishap. Its operations were suspended on March 13 indefinitely.

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