Rooppur Nuclear Power Project is going to take a concrete shape after decades of inaction and lack of initiative by successive governments. With the help of Russia, the present government is going ahead with the country’s first nuclear power project despite some concerns and debates. The most serious concern is the safety of the plant. It has been learnt from the past nuclear accidents that inadequate technology, human errors and unsafe site condition were the reasons behind the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents. In such accidents, large-scale radioactive substances could reach environment and public domain. So containment structure of the reactor is very important. In case of Fukushima, the plant suffered an earthquake magnitude of which was far beyond the level the plant was designed for. However, this particular accident has proved that even first generation reactor had enough safety margin to withstand any natural disaster if site specific safety issues are properly addressed in design, engineering and construction. In case of Rooppur, safety must be top priority in implementing the project. Learning from the past accidents, we must plug all loopholes and build a fully secure nuke plant.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:02