No screening of people coming from Japan: Regulator

March 28th, 2011 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) said Monday that it has not insisted on screening people coming from Japan for radioactive contamination in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in that country.

However, it has identified three institutions in India to detect radioactive contamination in food samples, a statement said.

The AERB has also set up an in-house monitoring cell to follow and monitor the developments at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The board co-ordinates with technical support organisations to garner details on radiation levels and contamination levels in air, water and soil at regular intervals to evolve necessary steps.

Meanwhile, the AERB’s review committee on nuclear power safety set up after the Fukushima disaster will hold its first meeting in Mumbai Thursday.

Headed by former AERB chairman S.K. Sharma, the 10-member committee will inspect all the 20 Indian nuclear reactors in operation and ascertain whether they can withstand earthquakes or other disasters and submit an interim report.

Besides Sharma, the committee includes AERB Vice-Chairman S.K. Chande, Director, Health and Safety, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) A.K. Ghosh, Director, Technical, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) S.A. Bharadwaj, former director, reactor group of BARC R. Chowdhary, Associate Director, Safety Analysis and Seismology Group, NPCIL A.G. Chhatre, Head, Engineering Group of AERB L.R. Bishnoi, Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology’s B.N. Goswami, Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station’s I.D. Gupta and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai’s C.V.R. Murthy.

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