IAEA to inspect two atomic plants in India

New Delhi: Amid the huge protest at Kudankulam over the safety aspect of the nuclear plant there, an IAEA team will visit Rajasthan in November to conduct an in-depth operational safety review of two atomic power plants, the first such exercise post-Fukushima nuclear disaster in India.

International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, is the global nuclear watchdog.

Protest against nuclear plant at Kudankulam. PTI

The review by the IAEA team, at a time when there is growing agitation against the nuclear plants in the country, is also expected to address the fears of anti-nuclear protesters over the safety aspects, the sources said.

The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) will go through the programmes and activities essential to operational safety at units 3 and 4 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station at Rawatbhata, they said.

The team is invited by India to conduct the review in the aftermath of Fukushima accident in which three atomic power plants experienced a full meltdown following loss of power due to a massive earthquake and a subsequent tsunami in March last year.

The OSART mission is not a regulatory inspection and will do an in-depth review of those aspects, largely under the control of site management, which are essential to the safe operation of a nuclear power plant.


Updated Date: Sep 18, 2012 18:54 PM

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