No Radioactive material including Thorium can be smuggled out due to round-the-clock surveillance in all ports – AERB Vice-Chairman

All Nuclear Reactors in India Conform to International Standards, Says Bhattacharya

THOOTHUKUDI:All the nuclear reactors in the country are safe and people need not worry, claimed R Bhattacharya, vice-chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Mumbai here on Monday.

Speaking at a colloquium organised as part of the diamond jubilee year of the formation of the Department of Atomic Energy, Bhattacharya said that all the nuclear reactors in the country were safe and there were no major nuclear accidents had been reported so far in the country.

He also asked the people not to worry about the conditions of the nuclear reactors as they were set up based on international safety standards.

Bhattacharya also listed the standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Under the IAEA scale nuclear accidents were classified under seven categories ranging from 0 to 7.

When the range of incidents crossed three  they were major nuclear accidents and if they were less than three  they were referred to as mere incidents, claimed Bhattacharya.

In the past five years, 160 incidents had been reported, and among them 154 were classified under category zero, claimed the AERB vice-chairman.

Five were classified under category 1 and the remaining one was classified under category 2, said Bhattacharya.

Speaking about the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP),  Bhattacharya claimed the reactors were set up based on international safety standards and were completely risk free.

AERB had been given a site clearance for setting up units III and IV at KKNPP, said Bhattacharya.

When asked whether thorium was smuggled out of India through the Thoothukudi Port, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board vice-chairman claimed that none of the radioactive materials including thorium could be smuggled out of country as there were proper surveillance mechanisms available at every port.

Indian Express 7.4.15

Publication :  The New Indian Express

Edition        : Madurai

Date             : 07.04.2015

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