The ruling Saenuri Party held a supreme council meeting at the headquarters of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power(KHNP) in Gyeongju on Wednesday, and examined the safety of nuclear power plants as aftershocks continue to rattle the area.
Saenuri Chairman Lee Jung-hyun said that South Koreans are worried about the constant tremors following the September 12th earthquake, particularly in relation to nuclear power plants. He indicated that safety measures at facilities nationwide should be proactive rather than reactive.
Lee and other lawmakers grilled KHNP officials about the safety of nuclear power plants.
Representative Kang Seok-ho explained that in the Uljin region and along the east coast, six nuclear power plants are being operated, two are under construction and two are in the planning stages, worrying many residents in the area. He questioned the technological capacity of the power plants, asking at what point it would be dangerous when an earthquake hits.
Representative Lee Jang-woo said that existing nuclear power plants have been designed to withstand quakes of magnitude six-point-five to seven. He said the government will strengthen the regulation to magnitude seven, but asked how long it will take to reinforce existing power plants, calling for stronger safety measures in the shortest time possible.