19 October, 2020

How Safe Are Our N-reactors?

An Indian Chernobyl? AERB cites 130 reasons why it's possible.

How Safe Are Our N-reactors?

HOW safe are our nuclear plants? When Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, outgoing chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), posed the question last fortnight, the response was general alarm. "Many of our nuclear installations have aged with time and have serious problems. Our efforts to find indigenous solutions, despite our capabilities, are not well-organised or focussed," he said, while remitting office on June 16, and accused the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of having "uniquely failed in bringing together these strengths and coordinating them for the benefit of the nuclear sector".

According to the ex-chairman, the current safety status of the nuclear installations under the DAE "is a matter of great concern", a concern which increased after the AERB "studied and documented more than 130 safety issues in these installations which warrant urgent corrective action". The AERB report, based on 700 internal references, was submitted in November 1995. The nine-month exercise, conducted over 10,000 hours, suggested the need for...



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