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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"Prosecutors summoned former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Un-gyu to question him over his alleged involvement in the controversial early closure of the Wolsong-1 nuclear reactor in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, on Monday.  
The Daejeon District Prosecutors' Office earlier notified the former minister of its plans to summon him over allegations of his involvement in the tampering of documents which would enable an expeditious decision-making process to shut down the country’s second-oldest nuclear reactor in 2018.
The Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) last October found that the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) decided to shut down the reactor in 2018 due to a faulty assessment that deliberately underestimated the economic advantage of keeping it going.
In November, Daejeon prosecutors raided the Energy Ministry at the government complex in Sejong, the Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) in Daegu and the KHNP in Gyeongju to secure related documents and computers.
In late December, prosecutors indicted three officials of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on charges of destroying some 530 documents related to the closure of the Wolsong-1 nuclear reactor ahead of the inspection by the state auditor.

I can think of six present and former energy officials in California who would be in jail right now, for the premature shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), if regulators weren't on the payroll of Big Gas.


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