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

Why Kolar gold mine never became a repository

Published in The Hindu on November 29, 2012 The search for a possible final resting place or a deep geological repository for storing the high level radioactive waste generated during reprocessing of spent fuel has been going on for the past few decades and may well continue for some more time. The defunct Kolar gold … Continue reading Why Kolar gold mine never became a repository

‘Waiver offers opportunity for nuclear exports’

The waiver by the Nuclear Suppliers Group provides a great opportunity for India to become a major exporter of critical and non-critical nuclear components to both the developed and developing countries. “There is limited manufacturing capacity in the world today,” said S.K. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). … Continue reading ‘Waiver offers opportunity for nuclear exports’

MAPS reactors get a new lease of life

Published in The Hindu on January 12, 2006 The first unit of the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) at Kalpakkam went critical on January 4, 2006. Unit 1 of the MAPS, which is a 22-year-old nuclear plant, first went critical in July 1983. Going critical for the second time was the result of the replacement … Continue reading MAPS reactors get a new lease of life