US nuclear regulatory panel chief to visit India

The five-member NRC team will visit New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The NRC members will meet top AERB officials and visit nuclear facilities like Tarapur Atomic Power Station, laboratories of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Maharashtra, the Madras Atomic Power Station and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Tamil Nadu.

A press release issued by the US Embassy in New Delhi said the aim of the visit was to exchange information and share experience on safety standards and regulations for the safe operation of nuclear power plants.

“I look forward to the continuation and advancement of our long-term relationships with our AERB Indian counterparts and with other Indian organisations in the area of nuclear safety,” Jaczko was quoted as saying.

There will be another nine-member delegation from the US NRC who will be travelling to New Delhi to participate in an international conference on structural mechanics in reactor technology from November 6 to 11. The main conference will be followed by post-conference seminars in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu on topics that include advances in seismic design of structures, innovative fast reactor design and high temperature design reactors on November 14 and 15.

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