Nuclear stress tests conducted by scientists in New Delhi and Bhopal have revealed the high levels and a marked increase in radioactive elements, the scientists said on Wednesday.
The findings of the first tests by scientists at the Centre for Atomic Energy of India and the Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI) in the capital are likely to be discussed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other bodies in the coming days, they said.
The scientists said that the results were based on samples taken from a large sample of the country’s uranium deposits.
According to the scientists, the samples were taken from the Kudankulam nuclear plant, which produces about 25,000 metric tons of uranium ore per year, as well as from other nuclear power plants in the country.
The test results also showed that the levels of heavy elements, including radionuclides, have been increasing over time.
Radionuclide levels were around 2,500-fold higher than the background level, the report said.
This is the first time such high levels have been detected in the Indian nuclear field.
The radionucleides are the building blocks of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Radon, a radioactive gas, is present in the atmosphere and can form nuclear explosions.
The radionucide decay of uranium to radon occurs during nuclear reactions.