Stigma About Nuclear Energy Needs to be Addressed: BARC Expert Featured

According to Dr Pradeep Kumar, Head, Radiation Safety System Division at BARC, "There remains a stigma about nuclear energy in general public and that needs to be addressed." He said this while interacting with media during residential training programme on global warming, climate change and disaster management organised by the School of Public Health, PGIMER, and Centre for Public Health, Panjab University.

According to the press release issued by PGI, the training programme is financially supported by Central Pollution Control Board, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, including Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and it is being attended by over 30 participants from more than 15 states of the country.

"Humans are exposed to natural radiation everyday but the exposure is well below the safety limit. The nuclear power station has the safest industrial work environment and can easily fulfil the energy requirement of the country," added Dr. Kumar.

This is an important statement as it comes right after Greenpeace India, one of the leading NGOs, recently raising questions about safety issues pertaining to nuclear power generation in India.

Dr Suman Mor, Coordinator, Centre for Public Health, Panjab University, said, "The workshop aims to build the capacity of the participants for risk management rather than crisis management in case of a disaster."

According to Mr. Ravindra Khaiwal, Associate Professor of Environment Health, School of Public Health, PGI, "The community is the first responder to any disaster and hence there is the need to build disaster resistant community. He also said that this can be only be achieved by creating awareness through education about disaster, enhancing community engagement, including planning for vulnerability."

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