‘No nuclear phase out’ government, pushes to extend the lifespan of 18 nuclear power plants
The Presidential Transition Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Transition Committee) is promoting a plan to advance the application period for ‘continuous operation (extension)’ of nuclear power plants. If this happens, the number of nuclear power plants that can be extended for five years under the new government will increase to a maximum of 18. The move is the opposite of the Moon Jae-in administration’s policy to phase out nuclear power.
On April 20, Rep. Park Seong-joong, who served as the secretary of the Science and Technology Education Division of the Transition Committee, said, “After discussing with the Nuclear Safety and Security Committee, the time to apply for a nuclear power plant extension will be changed from ‘2-5 years before the current design life expiration date’ to ‘5~’. We proposed a plan to move it up to 10 years ago,” he said.
Rep. Park said, “If the system is improved, the number of nuclear power plants that can be extended during the term of the new government will increase. It will increase the number of nuclear power plants by eight compared to the originally planned 10, so it is possible to apply for extension of a maximum of 18 nuclear power plants in total.”