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Nuclear physicist Dr M V Ramana from Princeton University is not satisfied with the AERB’s explanation and questions how the AERB can make a blanket statement stating, ‘There has not been any report of abnormal radioactivity releases/radiation exposures to any personnel during this incident.’
Kumar Sundaram | Yesterday, the AERB issued a statement. It said the leak, which it earlier said is large, is continuing and the plant authorities continue to pour coolant. On radiation counts and condition of workers, again just reassurances and not actual radiation readings from inside and around the plant.
Dr. A Gopalakrishnan | All this points to the likelihood that what Kakrapar Unit-1 is undergoing is a small Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) in progress. It is most likely that one or more pressure tubes (PT) in the reactor (which contain the fuel bundles) have cracked open , leaking hot primary system heavy-water coolant into the containment housing .