People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) August 10, 2012
Idinthakarai & P. O. 627 104
Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu
Phone: 98656 83735; 98421 54073
[email protected]
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PMANE Condemns the Authoritarian and Illegal Decision of the AERB

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) condemns the undemocratic and authoritarian decision of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to grant clearance for the ‘Initial Fuel Loading’ and ‘First Approach to Criticality’ of Unit-1 of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP).

Even as the country is awaiting the Madras High Court’s judgment on a batch of petitions that have challenged the legality and appropriateness of the Environmental Clearance granted to the KKNPP project, this decision amounts to contempt of court and outright insult of the rule of law in our country.

More interestingly, the AERB has given assurance to the Madras High Court that the post-Fukushima taskforce’s recommendations would be fully implemented in all the nuclear installations in India and that no fuel loading decision at the KKNPP would be taken until then. The current permission to load fuel at KKNPP is a gross violation of that commitment made at the Court and the sentiments of the struggling people.

This attitude and functioning style, however, is very much in congruence with the undemocratic, authoritarian and anti-people nature of the atomic energy department. The political parties and leaders in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, the civil society leaders and the media must take a stand and protect the interests of the “ordinary citizens” of India and reassert the rule of law in our country.

The struggling people will do whatever democratically possible to oppose the authoritarian and illegal decision of the Indian nuclear establishment.

The Struggle Committee
The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)