The mission of the AERB is to ensure the use of ionising radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.

Industrial and R & D facilities

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) carries out safety regulation of the following Industrial and R&D Facilities of DAE.

Heavy Water Board (HWB)

Heavy Water Board (HWB), a constituent unit of Industries and Minerals Sector under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), is engaged in the production of Heavy Water (Deuterium Oxide-D2O). Additionally, it also produces various organo-phosphorus solvents for meeting the requirement of DAE units.

Heavy water is produced at Manuguru (Telangana), Rawatbhatta (Rajasthan), Thal (Maharashtra) & Hazira (Gujarat). Other plants located at Baroda (Gujarat), Tuticorin (Tamilnadu) & Talcher (Odisha) are involved in production of organo phosphorous solvents and other chemicals used in DAE. HWB is also involved in recovery of Rare Material (Uranium) at its Technology Demonstration Plant (TDP), Mumbai.

AERB regulates the facilities of HWB under various sections of Atomic Energy Act, 1962. It administers the provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 & the Atomic Energy (Factories) Rules, 1996 in these facilities. AERB also enforces the provisions of the Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004 in Rare Material recovery plant.

A multi-tier review process is adopted in AERB for safety review of these facilities such as review by In-House Review Group (IHRG), Unit Safety Committee and Safety Review Committee for Operating Plants (SARCOP) / Advisory Committee for Project Safety Review of Fuel Cycle Facilities (ACPSR-FCF). Consenting of these facilities is carried out on the basis of AERB Safety Code on Regulation of Nuclear & Radiation Facilities (AERB/SC/G, 2000) and its related Safety Guides. Safety evaluation of these facilities is carried out on the basis of specific Safety Guides issued by AERB on Safety Aspects in Design and Operation of Heavy Water Plants (AERB/HWP/SG-1, 2014) and Life Management of Heavy Water Plants (AERB/HWP/SG-2, 2014).

Based on the safety review at AERB, the consent is issued to these facilities at various stages of life-cycle. Periodic Regulatory inspections of these facilities are carried out by AERB to verify the compliance of the prescribed safety requirements by the consentee.

Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL)
Research and development facilities

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