Environment risks ignored at Kaiga Nuclear Power Station

Sarma said post Fukushima accident, there has been worldwide anxiety about the consequences of catastrophic nuclear accidents, either due to manual lapses or natural calamities.

Published: 05th December 2018 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2018 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

KARWAR: A retired IAS officer alleged that the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has ignored radiation and environmental risks in setting up the proposed fifth and sixth reactors of Kaiga Nuclear Power Station.

EAS Sarma who was a secretary to the union ministries of power and finance has written a letter to secretary of DAE, chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

He has gone through the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports but it does not make any assessment of the risks associated with nuclear power generation units and the likely adverse impacts. He said until a complete study is done, the proposed public hearing (on December 15) should be cancelled. As the project is “prima facie not viable, the DAE should not go ahead with the expansion”, he said.

Sarma said post Fukushima accident, there has been worldwide anxiety about the consequences of catastrophic nuclear accidents, either due to manual lapses or natural calamities.

“Many countries are opting for independent nuclear regulatory authorities to tighten the safety aspects of nuclear power, whereas, in India, AERB continues to be subordinate to DAE,” he said.

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  • Marjan

    India's overwheliming reliance on nuclear power generation has become unprecedented. At the same time
    5 months ago reply
  • Robert

    The mishap at Kaiga is just the latest in the series of problems that have plagued nuclear power plants in India. These have raised serious doubts over safety systems and operating procedures in the units and forced the regulatory board to call for corrective measures to be taken on a priority basis.
    5 months ago reply
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