Recycle nuclear fuel, says Kakodkar

Kolkata, May 22 | Updated: May 23 2007, 09:01am hrs
India is consistent on its stand of recycling nuclear fuel and hopes that the US would soon agree with its view to conclude negotiations on the Indo-US nuclear deal, according to Dr Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary to the department of atomic energy.

Our stand has been clear from the beginning. Nuclear fuel needs to be processed and processed in a manner, which is environmentally safe and sustainable. India has adopted recycling option as it cuts down nuclear wastes and generates 60 to 80 times more energy," Dr Kakodkar said.

He said recycling is important for long-term waste disposal.

"We would want the US to allow us to recycle," Dr Kakodkar said.

Dr Kakodkar said "it has been a deal between the two sovereign countries and all the nodal agencies of the two countries involved in the deal are working on it. Our policy on the 123 agreement (read nuclear deal) has been very consistent."

Dr Kakodkar was in the city to receive the Raja Ram Mohan Puraskar given by the Ram Mohan Mission. He told reporters that India is moving aggressively to locate new uranium reserves and expects to increase its uranium reserves a few folds in the next 2-3 years. New technology for mining uranium has already been adopted.