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* Sri Lanka sets up early warning systems to detect nuclear disasters
Sun, Jun 3, 2012, 06:06 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities are taking measures to establish a warning system to alert to a possible radiation leak from the nuclear plants in the Tamil Nadu state of neighboring India.

Sri Lanka's Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) is setting up eight early warning detectors along the coastal areas to detect a possible disaster after the Kudankulam nuclear power station in Tamil Nadu becomes operational, according to the AEA chairman Dr. Ranjith Wijewardena.

The recent developments in the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district is making Sri Lanka nervous as the power plant is only 250 kilo meters from Sri Lanka's northwestern coastal town of Mannar.

Wijewardena has said that with the help of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), the AEA will set up eight early warning detectors along the coastal areas and one in inland.

The AEA had initiated the program three years ago to set up the warning system under the radiological emergency preparedness programme.

"We will be able to warn public early about the dangers to create preparedness," he has said.

The detectors will be set up in coastal cities of Colombo in Western Province, Kalpitiya in North Western Province, Thalaimannar and Delft islet in the Northern Province, Trincomalee in the Eastern Province and in the inland city of Kandy in Central Province.

According to the Chairman, the detectors will be operated from the AEA offices after they become operational in about two months.

Sri Lanka plans to discuss the issue of safety of India's nuclear power plants at the September session of the International Atomic Energy Agency and seek the Agency's help to meet any nuclear disaster.

India has assured that the Kudankulam nuclear plant has high safety standards and India has a legal mechanism to deal with the trans-boundary liability issues.

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