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S. Korea OKs restart of nuclear power reactor

South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said one of six closed nuclear reactors in the country could restart after it passed a welding inspection.

According to Reuters, the Hanbit 2 reactor in Yeonggwang is okay to restart after it underwent checks on welding work in a steam generator. There is no word on when the reactor will actually restart, but it had been shut down since Oct. 30.

Regulators also said new cables have passed tests for use in three nuclear power plants. The Shin Kori 1 and 2 and the Wolsong 1 reactors will use the new cables. Operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said in the article it expects to replace the cables and restart the units by the end of December. The units were among several shut down since May after it was found that replacement cables were provided with forged documents. The fake document scandal led to the arrest of more than 100 people.

Another reactor remains shut down for maintenance and a sixth reactor reached the end of its 30-year life span and is awaiting the okay to restart.

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