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India to present its first detailed report on Nuke safety

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 4, IRNA
India-Nuke Safety-Vienna
India will present its first detailed report on safety of the civilian nuclear plants at the forthcoming two-week Convention of Nuclear Safety (CNS) beginning on April 14 at Vienna.

India joined the convention in 2005 and "this will be our first national report on the safety of civilian nuclear plants," Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman, PTI reported here quoting S K Sharma who will be leading a 17-member team to CNS, said in Mumbai today.

"Although nuclear power plants all over the world are operating at a very high level of safety and we have different means of exchanging such information on safety, the CNS would further strengthen the safety of operating nuclear power plants," he said.

"In 2005 when India joined the convention just three months before the third review meeting, we were just an observer, he said. CNS review meeting is held every third year.

Sixty countries will be participating in the convention and there will be six groups each represented by 10 countries with a chairman, vice-chairman and a rapporteur. At the end of the two weeks, a combined report for the president of the convention will be prepared, he said.

Senior officials from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, AERB and Department of Atomic Energy will participate in the meeting.

The CNS was adopted in June 1994. The convention was drawn up during a series of expert level meetings from 1992 to 1994 and was the result of considerable work by governments, national nuclear safety authorities and the International Atomic Energy Agency's secretariat.

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