NID: INDIA-US: REACTOR SAFETY ISSUE

Created: 5/28/1983

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INDIA-US: Reactor Safety lieue

degraded condition of the reactors Increases the possiDiiiryTTa serious radiation leak Into the density populated Bombay area. This danger will persist at least until the spare parts areajor cleanup is completed, and the reactors are reloaded with new luel, which Is now available from France. The Indians believe that the spare parts can only be obtained from the US

Indian officials are anxious torolonged shutdown because new public revelations about technical shortcomings could discredit the nuclear power program.uclear accident wereccur, the Indian press and public would be likely to blame the US. Moreover, senior Indian nuclear officials who haveonciliatory approach to the US might be replaced. |

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