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Sunday, May 4, 2008

India's report on nuclear power plant safety lauded in Vienna

India's first national report on nuclear power plants safety was very well received and appreciated at the fourth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) in Vienna, Chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) S K Sharma today said.India's strong nuclear programme with comprehensive capability for the entire nuclear fuel cycle and the strong technical support from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research were highly appreciated, Sharma who led the 17 member high-level Indian delegation told PTI.The audience for India's presentation was much more than expected by the International Atomic Energy Agency's secretariat at the convention, he said.India presented its 206-page report for the first time that included the effective regulatory mechanism for its 17 operating nuclear plants and six plants under construction.The convention also appreciated India's work on probabilistic safety assessment which demonstrates that the probability of any untoward incident is extremely small (less than 0.000001 per year).It also lauded the fact that Nuclear Power Corporation and Indian regulatory body have mechanisms in place that use operating experience feedback both Indian and global, to improve safety effectively."Our human resource quality was very well acknowledged as operators in Indian power plants are graduate engineers with extensive training, which is not the case in most countries," Sharma who led some of the top officials of BARC and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd to CNS, said.
(Source: Press Trust of India)

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