Radioactivity norms: India
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DU sole violator of radioactive norms: AERB
Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN
New Delhi: Following the Mayapuri radiation leak, Delhi University has earned the dubious distinction of being the country’s only violator of radioactive waste disposal norms, according to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. That AERB alone is not raising fingers against Delhi University became clear after senior officers of Delhi Police claimed that even after repeated requests to the authorities, DU was yet to hand over important documents regarding the sale of the gamma cell.
According to police, DU is yet to respond to a number of important questions posed by the investigators. ‘‘We are waiting for some important documents after which we will consider action against the guilty,’’ said Sharad Aggarwal, DCP (west).
Officers at the police headquarters said they would soon forward a vital suggestion to the MCD and Delhi government regarding the safety of Mayapuri scrap market. ‘‘AERB and BARC had asked us to concretize the roads and bylanes of Mayapuri so that even the most minimal level of radiation — if still active in that area — can be countered. We will ask the government to take necessary steps,’’ said a police officer.
AERB, which is responsible for regulating and monitoring the safety of nuclear facilities and materials, said that more than 800 organizations had approached it in past five years for decommissioning nuclear material. “There are no reported cases of disposal of radioactive material in violation of the ‘Atomic Energy (safe disposal of radioactive waste) Rules, 1987,’ except the gamma cell that was auctioned by DU,” AERB said in an RTI reply to applicant, Abhishek Shukla.
The auctioning the radioactive material surfaced in April this year when eight scrap dealers at Mayapuri scrap market suffered radiation exposure. One lost his life while another seven suffered from severe exposure.