CIJ News, October 31, 2013
For the first time in the world, an Indian scientist has developed a polymer-based Anti-Nuclear Radiation Shield (ANRS) to safeguard the planet from radiation of nuclear wastes. Radioactive wastes in different forms gaseous, liquids or solids, happens to be the world’s most hazardous wastes.
Nobel Prize Nominee for Chemistry (2013) polymer scientist Mrinal Thakur, Professor and Director of the Photonic Materials Research Laboratory of Auburn University (USA), has developed the ANRS for nuclear reactors and also patented it in USA. Speaking to Clean India Journal’s special correspondent, he said that the time has ripened when India must immediately safeguard its nuclear installations to forestall any disaster of the dimensions of Fukushima Daiichi in Japan and Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Prof. Thakur has submitted a full-proof ANRS-based “safety plan” to the Indian Atomic Energy Commission to check all radiation leakages. Nuclear reactor stations, power houses, rocket launching stations and uranium mining companies dumps the radioactive wastes in grounds, ponds and rivers posing severe threats to the mankind, flora and fauna.
The nuclear centers dotting the country can be covered with the polymer-based “anti-radiation shield” to avert disaster. As nuclear installations may suffer leakage of radioactive materials due to natural calamities like flood, earthquake and cyclones, it is extremely important that all atomic power centres across India must be provided with ANRS. He said nuclear garbage or extremely hazardous wastes must be sealed in ANRS bags and buried in the earth.