Safety evaluation of Indian nuclear power plants post Fukushima accident available publicly

There is considerable discussion on the safety status of Indian nuclear power plants in view of the serious nuclear accident at Fukushima. It appears that there is confusion on the reports prepared by Indian engineers and scientists particularly on its availability in public domain.

Anti nuclear critics habitually think that they are secret documents.They do not know that they are publicly available. They are semi-technical documents. Those with reasonable idea about the basic concepts of nuclear power generation may be able to appreciate them.They are available at the following URL:

http://www.npcil.nic.in/pdf/Final_Report_Four_TFs_combined_report.pdf

Before reading them it will be worthwhile to get an idea about what happened in Fukushima. Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by the simultaneous occurrence of a powerful earthquake and a devastating tsunami. No electrical power was available to cool the reactors which got shut down by the earthquake. The decay heat in the core of the reactor led to core melt and release of radioactivity.Hydrogen generated due to the hot fuel casing coming into contact with water reached explosive limits and hydrogen explosion caused damage to the reactor building.

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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