Senior international nuclear safety (click here) experts today concluded a 12-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review India's regulatory framework for safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs).
In its preliminary findings, the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team noted that the Republic of India has forecast that nuclear power generation in India will increase significantly over the next decade. This poses challenges to the country, as it must maintain sufficient regulatory oversight of both operating nuclear power plants and those under construction.
"The IRRS team concluded that there is a strong commitment to safety in India," said team leader Ramzi Jammal, Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. "India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board is an experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated regulatory body for the protection of the public and the environment. It continues to enhance its regulatory programme to face the current and future challenges in regulating nuclear safety, such as reinforcing the safety of existing nuclear facilities, monitoring ageing and decommissioning, as well as providing oversight of the construction, commissioning and operation of new nuclear power plants."...
Within the development of their 21 reactors, 7 under construction, India has found a success in fighting cancer both at home and with other countries.
Safety and good health is a huge challenge for the less prosperous countries. Having a nuclear reactor or in the case of India 21 reactors presents a very high demand for careful operation and prevention of cancer in their population.
This form of energy is important because it provides plenty of energy without burning fossil fuels, including the burning of peat or wood. It is rather interesting to think about the advanced technologies these countries have while attempting to improve the lives of their people. In this case, a heightened awareness of cancer can provide even more sophisticated health approaches for the people. Odd how that goes hand in hand for developing countries.
March 26, 2015
...Mr Amano (click here) thanked India for the generous support it has provided to international efforts in cancer control, in which the IAEA plays an active part. India supplied radiotherapy machines to a number of developing countries and Indian cancer specialists, including from the Tata Memorial Centre, have made important contributions to IAEA research and publications in areas such as radiation oncology.
By 2020, over 10 million people could die of cancer around the world each year, with an increasing proportion in low and middle income countries. The IAEA has been working with partners such as the World Health Organization to assist countries in developing comprehensive cancer control programmes that cover prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care, Mr Amano said.