South Korea pushes forward with nuclear power plant construction
South Korea has announced it will be proceeding with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start reducing usage of atomic energy.
A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the south eastern city of Ulsan. Close to $1.4 billion has already been spent on the reactors.
“We recommend the resumption of the two reactors”, commission chairman Kim Ji-Hyung said in a press statement.
Construction was suspended in July with amid controversy whether the country should shift away from nuclear power because of safety concerns.
At present, South Korea relies on nuclear power for about 30 percent of its energy needs.
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