South Korea looking to three waste storage sites

15 April 2005

Three candidate areas in Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces are under review in South Korea to determine if they are suitable sites for a new low-level waste storage site.

The three sites are reportedly at Gunsan in North Jeolla province, and Yeongdeok and Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang province.

The move follows abandoned government efforts to make Wi Island in Buan, North Jeolla Province, the site of a repository.

According to reports from the country the review process will take around two months, with the industry ministry likely to make a public notice on the procedures that will be adopted in selecting a new repository site, which should be released by the end of June.

If the regional authorities make a formal request to host the site, regional referenda could be held in October that would enable a site to be selected by the end of the year.

The head office of the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co is also expected to be moved to the chosen site in order to help the local economy.

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