South Korean Nuclear Firms Caught Using Fake Safety Certificates

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Global Security Newswire Staff
June 26, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

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.