India says no threat to Lanka from Kudankulam

The Indian High Commission in Colombo says there is no threat to Sri Lanka from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.
The High Commission said that India and Sri Lanka have an ongoing dialogue on cooperation in the area of nuclear energy, including in the areas of isotope hydrology, radio-tracer studies and dam safety.
An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in the near future for the second round of the dialogue on these and other areas of potential cooperation, including the area of safety.
“The relevant issues are being addressed in the spirit of the close and friendly relations existing between India and Sri Lanka,” the High Commission said.
The High Commission said that there have been reports in a section of the media on leaks having developed in critical equipment of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, raising completely unwarranted fears of dangers of radiation leaks.
“These reports are totally baseless. There has been no radiation leak at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant,” the High Commission said.
It said that at presen, various works and commissioning tests as per laid down procedures are progressing at the plant.
This is in line with the stage-wise clearances accorded by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The AERB reviews the various reports of performance tests and accords clearance for the next stage to ensure safe operation.
“The reports that the Russian experts at the Site could not address issues are also not based on facts. Some equipment for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is sourced from countries other than the Russian Federation. Equipment supplied from Germany and Croatia are tested and commissioned in presence of specialists of supplier. It is reiterated that safety is accorded utmost attention in Nuclear Power Plants and encompasses the entire gamut of activities associated with these Plants. Before operationalising the Plant, all the performance parameters are thoroughly checked to ensure safe operation. It is also reiterated that India has a robust regulatory mechanism and the AERB accords stage-wise clearances only after thorough review of operational parameters and conditions for various systems,” the High Commission said.
The High Commission says all nuclear power plant sites in India are capable of managing the radioactive wastes generated at these sites.  (Colombo Gazette)