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Nuclear power: safety

The NTH Factor

A megawatts-hungry India toys callously with nuclear danger

The NTH Factor
AFP (From Outlook, March 28, 2011)
The NTH Factor
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Mishaps At Nuclear Plants

  • 1987 Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu Refuelling problem in fast breeder test reactor damages the reactor’s core. Plant shut down for two years.
  • 1989 Tarapur, Maharashtra Radioactive leak from reactor. Repairs take over a year.
  • 1992 Tarapur, Maharashtra A malfunctioning tube causes a leak of 12 curies of radioactivity
  • 1992 Kota, Rajasthan Fire in 4 pumps threatens cooling system
  • 1993 Bulandshahar, UP Fire in steam turbine at the Narora Power station damages the heavy water reactor
  • 1994 Kaiga, Karnataka Dome collapses while under construction
  • 1999 Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu Four tonnes of heavy water leaks, exposing workers to radioactivity
  • 1999 Tarapur, Maharashtra Tube failures result in de-rating of the reactor
  • 2001 Kota, Rajasthan Turbine blade failures, cracks in end shields, leaks in the moderator heat exchanger.
  • 2009 Kaiga, Karnataka 50 workers fall ill after drinking water contaminated by tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.

Case Against N-Power

  • Critics say nuclear power is the most dangerous. The risk of an accident cannot be ruled out.
  • Storing and treating nuclear waste is tricky
  • Radioactive material from plants can be used for weapons
  • N-power plants run on uranium, supplies of which may be limited
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