Top Indian nuke official: Fukushima “not a nuclear accident” … MORE

Published: November 10th, 2011 at 11:11 am ET


SOURCE: The Hindu

AEC chief puts odds of N-plant accidents at ‘1-in-infinity’, The Hindu, November 10, 2011:

Excerpts from  a speech by Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee on Nov. 10

  • “The probability of an accident due to a nuclear plant is one is to infinity”
  • “There are nearly 14,000 nuclear plants in the world and the casualty rate till date is just 52”
  • Fukushima “was not a nuclear accident… immediately after the earthquake, the nuclear reactor shut down and nuclear chain reaction stopped”
  • “The spread of radiation was not as high as it was projected” from Fukushima
  • “He termed it as ‘baseless,’ the allegation that nuclear radiation comes out from the nuclear plant”
  • “Besides, the plants along the coastal areas do not have any effect on the lives of fish, he added”
Published: November 10th, 2011 at 11:11 am ET


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97 comments to Top Indian nuke official: Fukushima “not a nuclear accident” … MORE

  • BeniJax

    With that leadership India will be next.

  • arclight arclight

    while enenews was down i managed to retrieve my lost password and popped into australian cannonballs site for a long post about corruption in india and generally amongst the nuke community!!heres the link
    comes under the heading

    responce to article form under arclight

    in the “other topics” section of the forum posts

    can you think of anything to improve it??

  • arclight arclight

    Srikumar Banerjee

    another nuclear nut!!

    20 June 2011
    “WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE!” — Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission

    uneasy lies the crown on the head of any atomic energy chief across the world after the Fukushima nuclear complex incident in Japan in March this year. Triggered by a combination of an earthquake and a tsunami that resulted in a partial meltdown of its reactor core, Fukushima is now regarded as among the world’s worst nuclear power incidents. Feeling the heat is the czar of India’s nuclear energy establishment, Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy”

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    OK alright, I havent been commenting on anything in awhile, but this one really, really hits my nerves. First off, what the HELL is this guy smoking?? Why claim such nonsense? It’s beyond obvious that Fukushima is the most FUCKED up thing to ever happen on this planet. No effect on fish? OK BUDDY. Yeah what about the explosions? You’re telling me there was no plume of radioactive materials? So why is there an exclusion zone?? Oh and what about the radiation suits the workers wear? They just want to look cool I forgot. I’ve always hated people from India. This guy needs a reality check.

  • arclight arclight

    Why nuclear reactors are ‘100 per cent safe’
    Pallava Bagla, Updated: March 20, 2011

    Srikumar Banerjee: Japan incident has shaken me but what you are saying is not just for me.

    NDTV: But this is an unfolding nightmare, has this shaken your confidence?

    Srikumar Banerjee: It has not shaken my confidence but it has disturbed me. But obviously had this not happened we would have been happier. It’s totally rubbish that some radiation level will come to India. (err not quite true eh??

    NDTV: Are Indian reactors safe?

    Srikumar Banerjee: One hundred per cent.

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    I got it, lets sends this ass to Fukushima, on site – no radiation suit, let’s see how he fares.

    • many moons

      I agree! Talk is cheap- (in his case he probably took in a wad of cash for that BS. Send the radiation loving idiot a fuku fruit basket and see how much he wants to take a bite.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      no need-I’m sure Fukushima has or will come to him! Kinda ironic that some of the most pro-nuke nations just happen to be those with the biggest over-population problems?!~when the slums & shanty towns are gone thanks to being the most at risk public sectors who are conveniently those who forage through shitpiles & live in cardboard boxes and have to collect brackish water to bathe in,drink & cook with while making their livelihood panhandling & hustling~then maybe after the annoyingly destitute have become fertilizer the same shills “might” start changing their tune! Of course that also applies to the “one of every fifteen Americans who are now living(?)below poverty-level”…Indian people don’t bother me personally-except maybe the ones who [MODERATOR: Wow. The comments are rarely censored but this is just too racist to not delete.]

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        they won’t rethink their embrace of nuclear until the upper-class starts getting sick & falling out.-Kinda like my patronism of Dunkin’ Donuts before I found a toe nail in my Boston Creme….


        OT – Johnny Blade will you give me your opinion on a Navy Surplus rad unit? I’m looking at a AN/PDR-27S with high and low range GM wand, illuminated analogue meter, and full operation and service manual. You mentioned before how you preferred the units that you used in the Navy. I hope you don’t mind me asking.

  • dosdos dosdos

    And people say nuclear power is safe. This article shows exactly why it will never be safe.

    • Anthony Anthony

      How and what will we need to do with the wastes of his reported 14k reactors when they shutdown anyways?

      I mean, isnt that the true nuclear bottom line?


      Idiot Alert!

  • dodge

    We have long believed that the solution is dilution. Worked with carbon monoxide, just vent it outside, back yard burn barrels burned everything, just don’t keep standing in the smoke, and our power plants, our cars, our home furnaces, and industrial wastes just keep getting cleaned up in the worlds weather systems. Sadly, this has been the approach to this crisis also. It doesn’t work so well when the radiation keeps being released, and when the half lives are in the hundreds/thousands/and millions of years. It moves around, it accumulates and is the gift that keeps on giving. Let’s hope there is being progress made in containment. Clean up isn’t realistic yet. We are not in the final stages, the limits of this disaster is still unfolding and the magnitude still unknown. Isolation, evacuation, sealing and limiting of damages are priorities. If only the radiation was as easy to cover up as the news coverage is to black out.

  • sworldpeas

    AWESOME!!! Japan just found a sucker to take all their “food aid”

  • ocifferdave

    ROFLMAO! *wipes tears* LOL *catches breath* lol …yeah…whoo….

    Dr. Yumishitya had a love child with the head of the IAEA and named it “Srikumar Banerjee”.

    • Anthony Anthony

      And people believe this guy. Disgusting liar or deeply misinformed.

      • arclight arclight

        very astute observation anthony!! +100

      • staycalm

        You think the head of a corporation is misinformed?

        Like most of the dictators in the world were “misinformed, he was a good man, he couldn’t do anything wrong it was the people under him”?

        I’m not drawing a comparison there, of course. However, it is very unlikely he is misinformed so either he knows something we don’t, and we are all panicking unduly – or…

        The info will come out, eventually, from whatever sources. No surprises here.

  • World Should Heed Murakami Warning on Nuclear Power

    He quotes then Prime Minister Naoto Kan as saying that he felt “Japan was facing … and red skin rash, typical

    of acute radiation sickness when people are …


    “we set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are

    destroying our own lives.”

  • arclight arclight

    4 January 2010 News

    India’s nuclear future
    Srikumar Banerjee, head of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, outlines plans for the country’s energy supply.

    “Agreements with the United States, France and Russia on civilian nuclear cooperation have been signed. Negotiations between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and companies in France and Russia are under way for finalizing the import of nuclear reactors, and we have already placed a purchase order for uranium with Kazakhstan.”

  • odiez1 odiez1

    How can this puppet contradict confirmed reports of radiation all over the place? More radium bottles? What a fool, I hope he enjoys “the good life” his lies have brought him, further I hope his next life is a pig so I can fry his ass on my griddle.

  • arclight arclight

    ASTANA (KAZAKHSTAN), April 16, 2011
    Manmohan to focus on energy ties with Kazakhstan

    “Early this year, India began renewing efforts to sell nuclear reactors to Kazakhstan; Department of Atomic Energy Chairman Srikumar Banerjee is already here to hold talks on a feasibility study for 220 MWe reactors considered ideal for an electricity grid in a vast country with a scattered population. This would be India’s first export of nuclear reactors, provided it manages to convince the Kazakhs to end their total dependency on Russian technology.

    India and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement on cooperation in agriculture. This means exploring the possibility of Indian farmers taking over Kazakh farmland on lease. However, a controversy over leasing of land to the Chinese just before Mr. Nazarbayev’s election had led Astana to halt this move.

    Kazakhstan has traditionally supported India, whether it was at the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, or standing by India after the Mumbai terror attacks. India was the first non-Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) destination for Mr. Nazarbayev in the early nineties. After a lukewarm spell of bilateral ties that lasted a decade, India invited Mr. Nazarbayev to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2009.”

  • arclight arclight

    “NEW DELHI: A new mine in south India could contain the largest reserves of uranium in the world, a government official said in remarks reported Tuesday, signalling a major boost for the energy-hungry nation.

    The Tumalapalli mine in Andhra Pradesh state could provide up to 150,000 tonnes of uranium, Srikumar Banerjee, secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, told reporters after a four-year survey of the site was completed.

    “It’s confirmed that the mine has 49,000 tonnes of ore, and there are indications that the total quantity could be three times that amount,” Banerjee was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

    “If that be the case, it will become the largest uranium mine in the world,” he said.

    Previous estimates suggested that only about 15,000 tonnes of uranium would be produced at the mine, which is due to start operating by the end of the year.

    No details were released on the quality of the material in Tumalapalli, a key factor as other uranium mined in India has been inferior to imports being procured from France, Kazakhstan, Russia and elsewhere.

    “The new findings would only augment the indigenous supply of uranium. There would still be a significant gap. We would still have to import,” Banerjee was quoted as saying in an Indian newspaper.

    India gets less than three per cent of its energy from atomic power and it hopes to raise the figure to 25 per cent by 2050.

    The government has been seeking new supplies of uranium, which is refined into nuclear fuel, but it has been consistently rebuffed by major exporter Australia as India has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”…-discovery.html

  • arclight arclight

    “”Mumbai to host Nuclear Energy summit
    Mumbai, Sept 15 : Trying to bridge the energy gap for India, UBM India, organizers of the event, announced its 3rd edition of India Nuclear Energy 2011 – 3rd International Exhibition and Conference, from 29 Sep. – 1 Oct at BEC, Goregaon (East), Mumbai.

    India Nuclear Energy 2011 will provide a global platform for showcasing latest cutting edge nuclear technology and component supplying companies as well as raw material suppliers.

    India Nuclear Energy 2011 is co-partnered by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the nodal government body in the Indian Nuclear Energy sector and Supported by Indian Nuclear Society (INS).

    The Summit will provide information about ensuring nuclear power safety and challenges with nuclear power plant, keeping in mind the latest disaster which occurred at Fukushima, Japan. T

    he summit will address key issues, identify opportunities and challenges, capture learning’s and best practices and focus on strategic and a complete competitiveness kit for the sector, as it prepares to meet new challenges and move towards competitive efficiency in the Nuclear Energy Sector.

    Srikumar Banerjee – Chairman, Atomic Energy Commision will deliver the Key Note Address at “India Nuclear Energy Summit 2011”.

    Sanjeev Khaira, MD-UBM India, said: “India Nuclear Energy 2011 provides a suitable platform for the companies to display their products and services to one of the largest markets in the world. The event will bring users and buyers together with international suppliers and manufacturers of the Nuclear Energy Industry.

    “For a developing country like India with a large population density, nuclear power will play an important role for sustainable supply of energy.”


  • Anthony Anthony

    Sorry…..IDIOTIC in the extreme.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Not u if youre thinking that I mean your an idiot! I mean the guy this story is about. Youre more of a rockstar in my books!

        • arclight arclight

          cheers anthony!! but it was the girls making mr on topic again… im off to the stuxnet/anonymous argument thread where anne is quitely mullering everything in her path…thats our anne a true hero!! what a great thread…..but dont tell the girls …schhhhhh!!

          • Anthony Anthony

            Ummmm Anne Rocks too!!! There’s some seriously sharp bright people here everyday. But the guy this post is about has to be out to lunch bigtime!

  • arclight arclight

    Cherie meets Delhi students

    “New Delhi, Jan 16 Cherie Blair, wife of former British premier Tony Blair, on Friday visited Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, interacted with the students and spoke about the plight of underprivileged people in the society.

    Cherie Blair, who is president of the Loomba Trust, also spoke about the plight of widows who are deprived of all rights in society and whose property is snatched by others. She appealed to the audience to take up the cause of providing education to the children of poor widows.

    Accompanied by Raj Loomba, founder of the trust, Cherie also witnessed a dance and drama show presented by the DPS students in the evening.

    DPS Society chairman Ashok Chandra reiterated his commitment to supporting the cause of the underprivileged. The society is running a school for the under-privileged children in Delhi.”

    and tony was…..

    “•IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Director-General Yukiya Amano honoured Anil Kakodkar (the former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India) with the Indian Nuclear Society’s Homi Bhabha lifetime. Achievement Award for the year 2009 on the occasion of the 21st Annual Conference of Indian Nuclear Society on Impact of Radiation Technology on human health and environment at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre irk Mumbai on January 17, 2011.”

    old tony is really slippery… i bet tony uses WPP ????

  • CB CB

    Oh good, I thought it might be serious. I’m glad he cleared this all up.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    German Police Union refuses to protect new nuclear waste transport scheduled for end of November

    Göttingen – The police union (GdP), calls for cancellation of the Castor transport planned for late November. The application is an affront to the officials, especially because of possible health risks of radiation. This risk is unacceptable, so GdP chairman Bernhard Witthaut.
    “We fear an increased radiation exposure for our colleagues.”

    Lovely. After last year’s transport policemen have been seen taking a group picture in front of a banner saying: “We stop the Castor – do you?”

  • Finch Finch

    Thats what happens with people who are kept stupid on purpose. Every even more stupid dumbfuck who is f*kked by the money of the nuclear industry can talk like this to the people and they will believe it!
    And they invented mathematics and the zero 2500 years ago; what a decline..

  • dpl dpl

    They pick these people by their lying skills. I’d make him the new head of IAEA he is after all the most magnificent liar.

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    german police had killed the poeples in duisburg at the loveparade while switching from analog radio to digital radio and a communikation breakdown.
    after last year castor actions two weeks later a dead men was found in the wood.
    one of german no-nuke activist.
    want more?
    at stuttgart german piolice used agent provokateurs to beat the peoples.
    but in stuttgart were mostly older peoples and childrens…

    • Finch Finch

      Tjo, so sind sie nun mal. Die Polizei, dein Freund und Helfer.

      Thyts how they are, Police, to serve and ( what) …

  • dpl dpl

    Selling nuke technology to the countries we like to carpet bomb is not a good idea. We have to carpet bomb (democratize) first then they can have our nuke technology. Sheesh, don’t these people ever learn.

  • Finch Finch

    BUT. This terrible system of liars and greedy powergamers reveals all its ugly sides right now and it’s people like us blogging here and there who tear away the carpet of their bullshitting lies and inhuman acts.

  • strAtum5

    The number one rule in the defence book of big corporations is to deny everything. Always. Even when truth is a public knowledge.

    Unfortunately the reporter is not asking the right questions … He could have embarrassed the nuke official many times, should he want it. In fact the questions are very “safe” and “tamed” in substance which may point to the whole interview being a clever PR stunt. And questions alone are not enough – waste of time really. They should have come with hard facts and numbers and gear the questions around those. But in that case I doubt the nuke official would have accepted the interview.

  • gr81 gr81

    What kind of sh$t is Srikumar Banerjee smoking?

    I bet rick perry knows. 🙂

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    He’s right in one way…It was not an accident it was a CATASTROPHE! I don’t care what you call the events at Fukushima, however saying that chain reactions are over is downright stupid. Reactors 5&6 just went critical, reactor 2 releases fission products within the last 2 weeks. The Xenon is there for everyone to see. To say that the shit stopped hitting the fan after 3/11 is the stupidest conclusion I have ever heard. The pro-nuclear folks need to stop hitting the meth pipe because their estimations of what is about to happen is a blatant denial of FACTS. Facts seem to scare people so lets just ignore them and say it never happened. I guess no one wants to take responsibility for the impending future health nightmare.

  • yogda yogda

    Srikumar believes in agenda 21.

  • Good pro nuclear progoganda piece.

    I am surprised that he did not launch into the pro DU weapons speech, and add a few quotes by Ann Coultier, who claims that the more radiation, the healthier people get.

    Wow, this wonderful industry is spreading radiation from Fukushima and Depleted uranium dust from DU weapons all over the world, all at no cost to us. Are you feeling healthier yet?

    We need to step up the accidents and use of DU weapons, and resume the open air atomic bomb testing. No need to cover up the nuclear waste.. Just put it in concrete and build all of our new buildings with it, so that we will have lots and lots of this healthy radiation, 24 hours a day..

    Why not make special radiation rooms, filled with spent nuclear fuel rods. Make them into tanning beds that people can spend time in to get nice and glowing ‘hot’, with a free tan to boot.

    What a wonderfully generous and kind world we live in.. free radiation for everyone!

  • arclight arclight

    wonder if india will buy japanese rice this or next year? of course rice from japan is not necesarily grown in japan….??

    The Global Food Crisis May 22, 2008, 9:14AM EST text size: TTHow Japan Helped Ease the Rice Crisis

    Prices quickly fell on Tokyo’s call to tap into its huge reserves. But how did the stash get so big, and why does rice-rich Japan import the staple?

    “With prices now falling, the global rice crisis seems to be subsiding. That’s thanks in part to a policy announcement by a Japanese bureaucrat. On May 19, Japan’s Deputy Agriculture Minister, Toshiro Shirasu, said that Tokyo would release some of its massive stockpile of rice to the Philippines, selling 50,000 tons “as soon as possible” and releasing another 200,000 tons as food aid. The first shipment could reach the Philippines by late summer. Shirasu also left open the possibility of using more of its reserves to help other countries in need.

    To understand Japan’s role in deflating the rice market, it helps to visit the warehouses rimming Tokyo Bay. It’s here in temperature-controlled buildings that Japan keeps millions of 30-kilogram vinyl bags of rice that it imports every year. Tokyo doesn’t need rice from the outside world: The country’s heavily subsidized farmers produce more than enough to feed the country’s 127 million people. Yet every year since 1995, Tokyo has bought hundreds of thousands of metric tons of rice from the U.S., Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Australia.”

  • arclight arclight

    Last Updated : 24 March 2011

    radiation threat from Japan imported food

    “The body further stated that all ports and airports have been alerted about food articles coming in from Japan. As soon as food arrives, samples will be picked up and sent to these three labs.

    Testing will take around five days as per the guidelines of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

    FSSAI added that food technologists in Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi would also check for contaminated food.

    However India is not yet started checking of any non food items from Japan as the chances of radioactive contamination through them is remote.”

    so all fresh produce was tested over 5 days before being approved??? i wonder??

    “Concerned over radiation affecting food items imported from Japan, the government today banned import of food items from the quake-hit country battling a nuclear crisis. The ban will be in effect for three months.

    Here’s the press statement released by the government on the issue:

    Import of food articles coming from Japan stand suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months or till such time as credible information is available that the radiation hazard has subsided to acceptable limits. Weekly reviews will be carried out by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). ”

    wonder if the bans lifted?? no info ? maybe this

  • arclight arclight

    “Japan Records Trade Surplus in September
    Published on 10/24/2011 3:12:43 PM | By, Ministry of Finance Japan

    Japan recorded a ¥300.4 billion trade surplus in September, the Ministry of Finance said on October 24. The rise was led by shipments of autos to Europe and auto parts to the U.S. and China.

    Japan’s exports in the month rose 2.4 percent from a year ago to 5.98 trillion yen ($78.2 billion), the second straight monthly increase.

    Meanwhile, imports soared 12.1 percent to 5.68 trillion yen, rising for 21 straight months mainly due to higher energy prices.

    But the figure was 61.2 percent lower than the level seen last year, reflecting the severe damage done by the March earthquake and tsunami, particularly to the supply chain.”

  • Ron

    This guy is a perfect example of why the nuclear industry simply cannot trusted whatsoever. Anyone so shockingly dishonest and uncaring that he can just blow off a mammoth crisis like this as being nothing at all has clearly shown that he could not care less the risks to human life or the environment from nuclear power.

    I swear these people are utter cretins.

    • staycalm

      No they’re not. They aren’t STUPID at all. If they were, it would not be an issue, you could give them an empty cardboard box to amuse themselves with.

      Stupidity is not a reasonable charge…

      • Jebus Jebus

        “No they’re not. They aren’t STUPID at all.”
        I agree, they are just ignorant…

        “you could give them an empty cardboard box to amuse themselves with.”,
        No, they would find a way to make that toxic.
        Look at what they have done with pandora’s box…

        “Stupidity is not a reasonable charge…”
        There is nothing reasonable about what they spew forth…

  • Noah

    “He termed it as ‘baseless,’ the allegation that nuclear radiation comes out from the nuclear plant”

    It brings to mind that classic line from the movie “aliens”

    “I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with current events, but we just got our asses kicked!”

  • Ron

    What to do with all that radiation when it just won’t go away? The next thing you know this guy will be spinning nuclear accidents as a GOOD thing!. Wait a minute they already came up with “hormesis”.

    Seriously, anyone who is supposed to be responsible for nuclear safety and yet who is THIS blasely unconcerned about it has just proven that he is the absolute wrong person for the job. And since it seems the people in charge are such pathological liars why we cannot trust in the supposed safety of things nuclear.

  • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

    There is no way official “science” can be trusted anymore. Everybody, get yourselves radiation meters and control everything, especially food, regularly. When established science becomes criminal, we have to take things in our own hands and rely on mutual help and communication. Let the “Arab Spring” become a “Worldwide Spring” wiping away all those criminal officials and governments.

  • Milisav

    This (I do not have enough bad term for it in English) should be sent for treatment at a psychiatric institution. Before that he confiscated the money he got for such a declaration.


    “In October 2010, India drew up “an ambitious plan to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63,000 MW in 2032″”

    “The nuclear agreement with USA led to India issuing a Letter of Intent for purchasing 10,000 MW from the USA.”

    It’s all just about money.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee – Wow, this mother fucker is dumber than shit.

  • Lee Binder

    .. Anderson Cooper’s Ridiculist (at least) ..