Meet acknowledges India's efforts on N-power safety

"The convention recognised India's work on development of severe accident management guidelines and human resource development programme at the recently concluded 5th CNS review meeting in Vienna," S S Bajaj, Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) who led a 13 member high-level Indian delegation told PTI today.

The 5th review meeting was the first major international nuclear safety meeting following the events at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants caused by an earthquake-triggered tsunami on March 11.

India is a contracting Party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) which has 72 member countries and 60 countries participated in the review meeting, he said.

India highlighted the safety aspects of the existing nuclear power plants, safety improvements carried out in older nuclear power plants and safety aspects of the reactors under construction, he said.

"Safety improvements carried out in the Indian NPPs as a result of Periodic Safety Review, Life Extension considerations and from operating experience following the tsunami in 2004 were acknowledged by the contracting parties," Bajaj said.

India also informed about the initiatives taken to ensure safety in the Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) in the wake of Fukushima accident which includes the formation of a high level committee by AERB to re-examine the NPPs to withstand external events and adequacy of provisions available to ensure safety in such events.

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