Session W20: Invited Session: Nuclear Power, One Year After Fukushima

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Room: 253C

Sponsoring Units: FPS FIP DCMP
Chair: David Wright, Union of Concerned Scientists

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.W20.5

Abstract: W20.00005 : Nuclear Power in India

1:39 PM–2:15 PM

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  M.V. Ramana
    (Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University)

India has ambitious plans for expanding nuclear power over the next few decades. A major accident in a densely populated country like India can be catastrophic and thus of concern. There are both technical and organizational requirements for safety of nuclear facilities. This talk will describe some of the organizational factors that safety theorists have identified and examine, from the publicly available information about incidents and failures at India's nuclear facilities to see if these requirements are met. It will also describe some of the reactions to the Fukushima accident from officials associated with nuclear energy in India.

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