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Indians Nuclear Power Plants : Bangladesh at Risk

Mohammad Gani

Although a technically sound and savvy nation Japan is still struggling with the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to stabilize the radiation leaks. They are now turning to all countries for help. From March 11, 2011 once the plant was hit by the earthquake and tsunami till today no encouraging news is coming out from Japan. All we are hearing is bad news.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said Thursday that it measured the contamination level in ground water 15 meters under one reactor was measured as 10,000 times higher than the acceptable standards of radioactive materials. Other alarming news are, 1. Tokyo tap water carries radioactive contaminated water; 2. Spinach grows within 50 miles of the Daii-chi plat also contaminated with radioactive materials was keep them off from human consumption; 3. Japan Health Ministry spokesman said the cesium was found in a cow slaughtered March 15 more than 40 miles (70 kilometers) from the plant. It had a total cesium level of 510 becquerels per kilogram. The limit is 500; 4. Trace level of radioactive materials were found in rain water in Massachusetts, USA last week; and now 5. A very low level of radiation turned up in a sample of milk from Washington state on March 25, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said
Wednesday.

Till today the radioactive materials are found in the soil of Germany, Austria and France 25 years after Chernobyl and is found in wild boar in Germany, making the pigs off-limits for eating in many cases.
We also have seen this type of disaster in the Three Miles Power plant in USA. All developed countries are operating all nuclear power plant under a very tight regimen. The plant safety is the top priority in these countries.

India is our neighbor and operating several Nuclear Power plants. I don’t believe that they are operating their plants with such high level of safety standards as in the West, although operating in a country with huge population density. Bangladesh is very close to India and will be highly affected by any type of accident in any Indian Nuclear Power Plants. It is essential that India enters into very rigorous and tight operating regulations for Nuclear Power plants to minimize any type accident. Bangladesh government should raise the issue to Indian government and to the International Atomic Energy Agency immediately.

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