The Wolsong-1 nuclear reactor will be shut down. The decision was taken by vote by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC), which met yesterday. If the information is confirmed, it will be the second nuclear reactor to be withdrawn from service, after the Kori-1, which was closed in 2017. The Wolsong-1 is located in Gyeongju, about 370 km south-east of the country. Put into service in 1983, it had however been authorized to operate for an additional decade, therefore until 2022. That said, the operator of the South Korean nuclear power plants KHNP decided in June 2018 to close it earlier than expected, citing its lack of economic profitability. Eight months later, he asked the NSSC to authorize his final judgment. The latter had already met in October and November to discuss it, but no decision had been taken at that time because of the differences of opinion between the members.
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