A South Korean government audit has revealed that a number of atomic companies have been using fraudulent certificates for their safety products.
A probe by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy's internal auditor uncovered seven fake quality-assurance certificates for five different types of components from four suppliers, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday. The ministry said the components with the fraudulent certificates played a direct role in nuclear energy plant safety.
"They were not key parts under the tech-specification of the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission that would have limited the operation of nuclear reactors," the ministry said
The components can be replaced without having to stop reactor operation, the ministry said.
The four implicated energy firms will face criminal charges, the government said.
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