On site Emergency in Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station after a major nuclear leak

KAPSYesterday on the 5th anniversary of Fukushima incident, Unit-1 of the Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station near Surat in Gujarat underwent an accident around 9 am in the morning.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has declared an onsite emergency. The officials said that there is no release or radio activity in the incident.The NPCIL  said that the leak happened in the Primary Heat Transport System (PHTS).

The official statement issued by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) said that there has been no “abnormal release of radioactivity outside the plant or radiation exposure” as a result of the incident.

While speaking to dianuke.org ,Former AERB chief Dr.A Gopalakrishnan said that complete facts regarding the situation are yet to become public, particularly regarding the assurance that there is no radioactive release as the leak happened in the primary cooling loop.

Even after automatic shut down, the residual heat in the nuclear plants remains high for a long time

“Although the plant authorities have said all safety systems worked fine and the reactor is under shut-down, the declaration of on-site emergency and the fact that said heavy water leak happened in the primary containment, which also has high radioactivity, raises many questions” said Kumar Sundaram, a researcher in Centre for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP).

He also added that due to the shroud of secrecy that the Indian nuclear industry operates it would take time to reveal the actual facts.

The Kakrapar Atomic Power Station(KAPS) is located in the Vyara district of Gujarat, about 80 km from Surat.