R. Ashok Kumar, B.E.,M.E,Negentropist, Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, 299, Tardeo Road, Nana Chowk, Mumbai-400007.
Copyright (C) 2014 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
India's Deep Geological Repository For Radioactive Wastes (DGRRW)
Coming up In Idukki- Theni portion Of The Western Ghats
By VT Padmanabhan, Leslie Augustine & Joseph Makkolil
In April 2010, around the time INO's Pottipuram site was finally decided and informal approval from the Central Ministry of Environment was received, IMSc submitted a project application to the Tamil Nadu State Enivironmental Impact Assessment Authority's (TN SEIAA). We presume that the plant in question is a 'Deep Geological Repository' (DGR) for storing high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors that the DAE officials have been talking about during the past couple of years
Commentary and discussion of extreme hazards posed by the repository
Apart from reservoir induced seismicity, there is the phenomenon of cumulative effects of reservoirs.
The cumulative effect of dams acts at the centre of gravity of the water masses behind the world’s
dams, today located at approximately Latitude 25, Longitude 108. The cumulative effect is initiated by the total weight of the water behind all the world’s dams. The combined weight changes from instant to instant, depending upon the world’s water demands due to various uses like electricity, agriculture, drinking water use, industrial and other uses in civilization like washing cars and so on. At any instant, this water demand can be as high as 106 BCM(billion cubic meters)(ball park estimate) in a total world reservoir capacity of say 8100 BCM. This is a water pressure head instantaneous change of 106117 km or 11993 Mount Everests! The important point to note here is that all this is converted to an instantaneous surge S of water moment of 342x10^19.05 N-m that may be applied in toto at the
Idukki Waste Repository(9.8138,76.9297) which is 3695 km from the centre of gravity of the world's dams. This may transform into an earthquake at that point to the extent of 20% of this water moment( or total stress) or an earthquake of moment magnitude 7.89 MM or a much smaller magnitude earthquake. But the entire surge S applied at the repository is equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 8.4 MM. This may cause the nuclear wastes to explode and escape to the biosphere This is what happened, for example, at Kyshtym on 29 September 1957 when the
nuclear wastes exploded. And at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant(WIPP) at New Mexico in February
2014(1). In both instances the catastrophes are ongoing. Of course when an enormous dam surge occurred at Fukushima a triple core meltdown occurred and disappeared and much much more is continuing at Fukushima(2).
Comparison of the Idukki N.Waste Depository’s extreme danger with the Oso, Arlington Mudslide of 22 March 2014 and the Tirumala Foothills Forest Fire of 1 March 2014
We tabulate the results for the three studies:
The Oso landslide occurred in between two earthquakes:
The Tirumala fire also began between two quakes elsewhere and continued along with a number of quakes.
The dam content change of 106 BCM is common antecedent to all three studies.
In Oso this dam content change resulted in the surge equivalent to a great earthquake of magnitude 8.7 MM to result in a small 2.9 MM magnitude earthquake, at 26 km depth a day prior to the landslide but the surge itself acted on the hill and brought it down on 22 March 2014 killing many.
At Tirumala foothills this 106 BCM change resulted in a raging forest fire which destroyed hundreds of acres of rich temple forests.
So such a totalised instantaneous change in the world’s reservoir contents may cause havoc to the deep repository of nuclear wastes as well.
These examples show that the cause of the catastorphes is the instantaneous worldwide dam content change.
1. Carlsbad New Mexico WIPP Truck Fire 5 February 2014 at
2. The World’s dams are causing Extinction with the Perfect Disappearance of 2028 MW Triple Cores at Fukushima at