A delegation from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), headed by its chairman Gregory B. Jaczko, visited on Friday the nuclear facilities at Kalpakkam, about 60 km from Chennai.

A delegation from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), headed by its chairman Gregory B. Jaczko, visited on Friday the nuclear facilities at Kalpakkam, about 60 km from Chennai.

The USNRC is the counterpart of India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

The team visited the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IBCAR), the Madras Atomic Power Station and the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor construction site.

An IGCAR official said the visit was “a routine one,” because the USNRC and AERB officials visited the nuclear facilities in both the countries once in two or three years and exchanged information on the safety practices.

Showcasing strengths

“We also take it as an opportunity to show the visitors our strengths in these areas,” the official noted.

Earlier this week, the USNRC delegation met AERB Chairman S.S. Bajaj, in Mumbai.

The team had visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay and the Tarapur Atomic Power Station.

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