Editorial: Transparency by AERB at any cost

The shutdown of the 220 MW Unit-1 of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station located in Gujarat’s Surat district following leakage of heavy water used to cool the nuclear reactor, on March 11, the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, is at once a reminder of the inherent risks associated with … Continue reading Editorial: Transparency by AERB at any cost

‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Published in The Hindu on October 28, 2012 ‘India is one of the countries doing a lot of work on a scientific solution to waste management,’ says Dr. Sekhar Basu, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. = Photo: R. Prasad Post the Fukushima disaster, one of the key issues protesters raise is nuclear waste … Continue reading ‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Editorial: After sayonara, second thoughts

Published in The Hindu on September 25, 2012 Now that the dust has settled, the Japanese government’s failure formally to approve a cabinet panel proposal to phase out nuclear energy by 2040 is being seized upon by nuclear industry advocates intent on pressing for the deadline’s eventual abandonment. The government’s Energy and Environment Council — … Continue reading Editorial: After sayonara, second thoughts

Editorial: Sayonara nuclear power

Published in The Hindu on September 22, 2012 The much needed big push towards low-cost, highly-efficient, cutting-edge renewable energy technologies was lacking till recently. Even the compulsion to cut down carbon dioxide emission levels by 2020 failed to overcome the inertia. But the landscape has squarely and dramatically changed following the 9 magnitude earthquake and … Continue reading Editorial: Sayonara nuclear power

Editorial: Price of collusion

Published in The Hindu on July 19, 2012 The recently released report of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission provides official confirmation of what has been common knowledge since the March 11, 2011 disaster: that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) cared little for safety right from the point of choosing sites for its … Continue reading Editorial: Price of collusion

Editorial: Let truth prevail

Published in The Hindu on February 29, 2012 Japan's Nuclear Safety chairman Haruki Madarame's recent admission at a parliamentary investigation that the “safety requirements” of the 40-year-old Fukushima Dai-ichi plant for “tsunami and power losses were too loose” goes against the grain of expecting the unexpected when dealing with nuclear power reactor safety. If overdependence … Continue reading Editorial: Let truth prevail

Naoto Kan: “What the hell is going on?”

Published in The Hindu on March 24, 2011 Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan had every reason to ask the executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), “What the hell is going on?” His outburst was in response to the delay of nearly an hour by TEPCO officials to alert him about the third explosion … Continue reading Naoto Kan: “What the hell is going on?”

Fukushima Daiichi: how the nuclear plant crisis happened

Published in The Hindu on March 14, 2011 The crisis at the three Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power stations came not from the buildings collapsing after the March 11 earthquake of magnitude 9 and the tsunami that followed the quake, but from a different source — power failure. The Fukushima nuclear reactor 1 went critical on … Continue reading Fukushima Daiichi: how the nuclear plant crisis happened