ISLAMABAD (APP) - Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on Friday clarified that KANUPP and its surroundings are absolutely safe as the safety of Kanupp is being monitored by an independent Safety Committee.
A spokesman of PAEC while clarifying a news item appeared in a section of the press said, the incident of heavy water leakage was minor in nature. It should be classified as an incident, not an accident. A formal investigation into the causes of the event is already underway. Early notification as routinely required by the PNRA, has already been issued. The plant will restart in due course after necessary in-service inspections, which are already under way. As a result of the leakage incident, no injury to the personnel, radiation or otherwise, was caused, or is likely.
The plant and its neighborhoods are entirely safe and there has been no release of radioactivity anywhere. Most of the heavy water leaked has also been recovered for re-use, he said. It has been reported to IAEA through PNRA, and is assessed at Level 1 on a scale of 1-7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) established by the IAEA. A Directorate of Nuclear Safety at the corporate level in PAEC, and an independent Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA).
Experts from IAEA and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) are also monitor and ensure the safety of the plant.
KANUPP Off-site Radiation Emergency Plan (KOFREP) is already in place and copies are available with all relevant authorities in Karachi, including the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Sindh.
The plant is also implementing an ageing management program which includes necessary inspections and rehabilitation of all equipment which could be affected by age.