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Right info needed to ease nuclear power safety fears

MUMBAI: Director-general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Monday said that if “appropriate information” were passed to the public, it would go a long way in allaying their fears about safety of nuclear power.

Amano made this point during an interaction with the media when he was asked about public opposition at Jaitapur towards the construction of nuclear reactors in the locality. “Transparency is needed.”

Amano was in Mumbai to attend the 21st annual conference of the Indian Nuclear Society and present the Homi Bhabha Lifetime Achievement Award to former atomic energy commission (AEC) chairman Anil Kakodkar.

Praising India’s safety standards in the nuclear sector, Amano said at the same time this should not lead to any form complacency.

“This is the 25th year of the Chernobyl disaster and nuclear safety has been enhanced all over the world. But, I would say that it should not result in complacency.”

Regarding the controversy surrounding nuclear liability in India, all he would say was that “progress is being made.” It may be recalled that the US, France and Russia have raised certain issues regarding India’s nuclear liability law and so far efforts to find a common meeting ground have not proved too successful.

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