Dr. E A S Sarma

Former Union Power Secretary, Govt of India

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E.A.S.Sarma
14-40-4/1 Gokhale Road
Maharanipeta
Visakhapatnam 530002
Mobile: 919866021646
Email: [email protected]

To

Mr. Yukiya Amano
Director General
IAEA
Vienna

Dear Mr. Amano,

I refer to my letter of July 27, 2013 in which I had expressed serious concerns on IAEA’s responses to the Fukushima accident since March, 2011 and the Agency’s silence on the continuing leakage of radioactive water from the accident site.

The Agency has not cared to acknowledge receiving my letter! Perhaps, IAEA has no belief in responding to inconvenient concerns expressed by the citizens on the potential hazards of nuclear technology. The silence on the part of IAEA reinforces my feeling that it is an agency driven more by the nuclear industry than by the concerns of the people at large.

The latest reports from Fukushima indicate the following disturbing facts.

  • About 300 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked from one of the storage tanks at the accident site. It appears that the leakage has taken place through the rubber seams of the tanks which were originally expected to last for five years.
  • The Japanese nuclear regulator has elevated the rating of the latest disaster to Level 3 on the International Nuclear Radiological Event scale
  • About 350 of 1,000 steel tanks built across the plant complex containing nearly 300,000 tons of partially treated contaminated water are less-durable ones with rubber seams. There is a strong likelihood that several of these tanks will soon start give in, leading to further leakage of toxic water. Some radioactive water is already feared to have found its way into the sea waters nearby.
  • TEPCO has, from time to time, underplayed the leakages and underestimated the potential dangers, as acknowledged by the Japanese nuclear regulator and the Japanese government itself.
  • Japan has apparently sought international help in controlling the present disaster which, otherwise may spiral into a much greater hazard for the rest of the world.
A worker walks in front of water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in this June 12, 2013 file photo. Photo: Noboru Hashimoto/Reuters

A worker walks in front of water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in this June 12, 2013 file photo. Photo: Noboru Hashimoto/Reuters

One would have expected IAEA to either confirm these facts or deny them for the information of the world community. What one finds at IAEA’s website today is to the contrary. I have enclosed a copy of the relevant webpage on date to show that there is not even a whisper on the subject. IAEA’s latest Fukushima reports seem to lull the world into a false feeling that “everything at Fukushima is under control” and there is nothing to worry. On the other hand, the latest news reports on Fukushima cause worldwide concern.

Should not IAEA come out of its ivory tower and say something truthful on Fukushima even at this belated hour?

Should not IAEA feel accountable to the world community?

I express my hope once again that your Agency will introspect on the issues I have raised and come clean with an objective assessment of the risks at Fukushima in particular and the dangers of nuclear technology in general.

Kindly acknowledge receiving this letter.

Regards,

Yours sincerely,

E.A.S.Sarma
Former Secretary (Power), Government of India
Presently a civil society activist
August 25, 2013