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June 9th, 2012
Mock Drill at Kudankulam..

Kudankulam: According to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), India’s nuclear operator, a mock drill was ‘successfully’ completed at Kudankulam that simulated a Fukushima type of disaster. A sample mock drill was conducted at Kudankulam where it was simulated that there has been a meltdown in the plant and radiation had leaked out. An off-site emergency was declared at Nakkanery village which is situated at about seven kilometres from the plant. According to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Site director R S Sundar, “the drill was absolutely successful.” The district collector of Tirunelvelli district was the in-charge for this exercise and nuclear officials acted under his command. 

This mock drill is a mandatory requirement by India’s atomic regulator, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), before the actual uranium fuel could be loaded into the two 1000 MW reactors being made there with Russian help.