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The Sunday Standard, the weekly special edition of the Indian Express, has revealed the rampant victimisation of nuclear scientists in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC) which they have said is often hushed up citing the sensitive and secret nature of the work.
The 3 scientists have written a petition to the Prime Minister, seeking immediate intervention.
More importantly, some of the issues raised by the scientists go much beyond the departmental issues and pertain to the deliberate safety violations and malpractices of the BARC.
BARC Scientist B. N Singh, has alleged that his supervisor P K Wattal has been harassing him and other brilliant scientists. he has also highlighted violations of safety norms by such a high-handed and corrupt administration:
“Wattal directed the scientists to discharge the effluent to sea with available dilution, which was much higher than the permissible limit. “This action would have led to serious violation of plant technical specifications… if some NGOs come to know through periodical sampling of the sea water… it will be very difficult for BARC to face the consequences late,” Singh has been quoted saying by the Sunday Standard.
This is something serious as the disposal of contaminated water by the BARC into the sea would imperil the lives and health of citizens of Mumbai. The court and competent authorities must take a suo-moto action over this revelation.” http://www.dianuke.org/nuclear-scientists-in-india-allege-victimisation-reveal-unsafe-practices-deliberate-polluting-of-the-sea/. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (Emphasis added).
NB: In the United States the US NRC actively encourages this dilute and deceive scam for radioactive “effluents”. Shockingly, there is no real limit. Dilution is viewed as the “solution” and even the US EPA now encourages it. Thus, it appears that the law in India is more protective, than in the United States. However, any and all emissions to the sea endanger health and the environment. Is this why Kris P. Singh of Holtec International has his nuclear related business in the US, rather than his home of India? He prefers the weak US standards? One can but wonder if Holtec Concrete in India is related to Holtec International, which makes nuclear dry casks and wants to make a small modular reactor. It is worth noting that Holtec Dry Casks are mostly concrete. And, Holtec in India was founded the same year which Kris Singh finished his degree in Mechanical Engineering in India (1967)from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University).
There is an Oct. 1st comment deadline re US Reactor Effluents: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0044
Probe into Nuclear Scientist “Suicides”:
“In January, a PIL was filed in Bombay High Court seeking a probe into suicides and unnatural deaths of scientists. The PIL said, “Scientific community has been plagued by suicides, unexplained deaths and sabotage [that] have gone underreported.”
In July 2014, the government told Parliament that nine nuclear scientists committed suicide in 2009-2013 in atomic power stations and other research centres; three suicides were reported from Nuclear Power Corporation during the same period.”  (Emphasis added)
Note 1: http://www.newindianexpress. com/thesundaystandard/Modi-Caught-in-Nuclear-War-at-BARC/2015/08/16/article2976233.ece