Fears as India ditches nuclear watchdog

  • Fears as India ditches nuclear watchdog

    INDIA, Australia's newest uranium export destination, will dismantle its nuclear regulator, replacing the current expert panel with a government-controlled body critics say will be a ''sham''.

    Legislation before the Indian parliament will result in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, which has monitored the use, transfer and disposal of nuclear material in India for 28 years, being replaced with the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority. The authority will be answerable to a clutch of government ministers who can direct the regulator, and even sack its members, giving rise to allegations the new body will be captive to government.

    The move comes as Australian Foreign Affairs officials prepare to begin negotiations with India over the sale of Australian uranium to India's civilian nuclear program.

    Source: theage.com.au via australiancannonball.com