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Tirunelveli: Anti-nuke activist seeks white paper on KKNPP

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ARUL OLI
Published Jun 27, 2019, 2:51 am IST
Updated Jun 27, 2019, 2:51 am IST
Safety measures not in place, say activists.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
 Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

TIRUNELVELI: Quoting a media report about the non-functioning of the strain sensors that provide early warning to ensure the safety of the nuclear power generation structures of units 1 and 2 of the Kudankulam nuclear power project (KKNPP), coordinator of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), Dr S P Udayakumar demanded a white paper from NPCIL on the safety of KKNPP.

Stating that 17 sensors fixed to monitor stability of the nuclear power plant structure remaining dysfunctional for about two years was a serious safety issue, Udayakumar complained that the department of atomic energy remained very complacent on the issue.

 

“It is because of this indifferent attitude of the officials towards the general safety of the nuclear establishment, we oppose setting up the ‘Away From Reactor’ (AFR) facility to store the spent fuel within the KKNPP premises,” said Udayakumar, who also said that the decision of storing nuclear waste material at Kudankulam, without having proper technology to dispose nuclear waste, would be highly detrimental to human lives in future at Kudankulam and its surrounding villages.

“The Tirunelveli police however denies our fundamental right to make the people aware of this inadequate safety aspects of the plant,” complained the PMANE coordinator, who added that they were planning to approach the high court to hold demonstrations against the AFR facility proposed to be created at Kudankulam.

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