The highest 13 lapses were recorded in the Kakrapar atomic power project 3 & 4, followed by 10 lapses each at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project and the 500-MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam
New Delhi : In an alarming report, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has reported 41 safety-related lapses in seven nuclear power plants in the statutory inspections carried out by it between April 2011 and 2012.
The highest 13 lapses were recorded in the Kakrapar atomic power project 3 & 4, followed by 10 lapses each at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project and the 500-MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam, says the AERB annual report tabled in Parliament early this week.
The report also noted the Rajasthan plants 7 & 8 unit violating the AERB safety directives, non-compliance with the AERB standards and deviation from the technical specifications during the commissioning. If other smaller lapses are taken into account, there were 438 strictures by the AERB inspectors.
The board also reported 204 safety-related lapses in as many as 15 of the 17 nuclear fuel cycle facilities inspected by the AERB inspectors during the period. As a result heavy water production remains suspended at plants in Baroda, Tuticorin and Talcher while the highest 23 lapses were reported in plants at Kota and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in Kolkata.
Deficiencies in operating systems and safety related systems, major inadequacies in emergency preparedness during commissioning, deficiencies in surveillance procedures, shortcomings in design of safety-related equipment and working conditions were among the lapses unearthed by the board in its inspections.
Almost all facilities were also pulled for procedural inadequacies, housekeeping and good operating and maintenance practices to ensure the fullest safety.
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