India to set up nuke watchdog to oversee reactors

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 9:08 AM
India to set up nuke watchdog to oversee reactors

The Indian government has decided to set up an independent watchdog to oversee all of the country's nuclear reactors following concern sparked by Japan's crisis.

V. Narayanswamy says the government will introduce a bill in parliament to create the autonomous nuclear regulatory authority.

At a meeting Tuesday, top government leaders also decided to make public the findings of safety reviews carried out at India's nuclear power plants. The safety audits of India's 20 nuclear plants were conducted after an earthquake-spawned tsunami damaged a Japanese nuclear plant, unleashing massive amounts of radiation.

The government also decided to offer compensation to protesting farmers in western India on whose lands a new nuclear power plant will be built.