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Korea: Nuclear Policy, reasons why public opinion is not 'parliamentary passing'

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Lee Young Hee

Korea's public participation in the Shin Kori, a nuclear facility looking to add two more reactors. The government is considering whether to cancel the project after participation from the public showed little support. In this opinion article by Lee Young Hee, professor at the Catholic University, the debate is over whether the public should be allowed to participate in highly technical decisions. The main argument is that these projects are developed with the consultation of individuals with high expertise in their fields. The counter argument is from case studies on the Aarhus Convention. Citizens who have a stake in the project will take extra steps to educate themselves on the details of the project. Opening a project up top communication from the public makes the project more democratic.


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