September 22, 2011

The Tamil Nadu cabinet has passed a resolution urging the Central Government to halt work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant ‘until the apprehensions of the people were allayed.’ The Koodankulam Struggle has ended after assurance from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalita that her cabinet would pass a resolution for suspending work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. While this was seen by the Central Govergnment officials and the mainstream media as succumbing to populism, local politics, there are reports that people on are skeptical of the government’s intentions. The Times of India went on to call protesters ‘misguided’ in its editorial today and called the ongoing anti-nuke protests in the country ‘..Luddite responses to technology, as frequently manifested in misguided activism be it against transgenic crops or nuclear energy

The people have broken their fast but continuing their agitation for concrete written commitment and adoption of cabinet resolution against the power plant. Although on Monday night Mr V Narayanasamy, a senior minister and PM’s envoy declared, “People’s safety first.  Power later” in front of protesting people, soon after their fast ended, the Central Government has denied any possibility of re-think on the issue. “We don’t see this primarily a question of safety or no safety but about communicating and communicating effectively”- a government source is reported saying.  Activists in Koodankulam are resolute that they would continue their struggle and take it to national level. Meetings in support of Koodankulam protests have been organised in Jaitapur and other places where people are fighting against nuclear power projects.

Activists in the country are aware of the Koodankulam struggle’s significance. Dr. Sanghamitra Gadekar, a nutritionist and senior voice in India’s anti-nuclear movement believes if Koodankulam protests become successful, it will create a precedent for people in other parts of India whose safety, livelihood and habitat  is threatened by other such projects.

Meanwhile, in a joint letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and India’s Prime Minister, about dozen of Japanese peoples’ organisations, mainly working on public health, safety and workers rights, have underlined that “the protestors are calling for a cancellation of the project and not to have their fears allayed”, as the CM’s earlier letter to Manmohan Singh suggests. They have added – “Indeed, their fears can never be allayed at least as long as Chernobyl remains a no-go area nearly three decades since the disaster, and while the memories and stories of the unfolding disaster in Fukushima are fresh and ongoing.”

 

The hunger strike has ended on 12th day

Russia’s Post-Fukushima Safety Report Reveals Dangers of Russian VVER Reactors.

A safety report prepared for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by state agencies concerned with the safety of Russia’s nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster reveals that Russia’s reactors are completely under-prepared for both natural and man-made disasters. The report has come from an amalgam of sources such as the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear oversight, or Rostekhnadzor, as well as Rosatom. According to chief engineer Ole Reistad of the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFI): “The report reveals deficiencies which have never before been mentioned publicly, nor reported internationally.”

The report claims that Russia’s nuclear plants do not have relevant regulations in place for personnel to know how to deal with large-scale natural disasters or other serious contingencies. It also establishes that electrical and safety-significant systems do not receive the attention they need, resulting in a lack of required protection. The report questions the capability of Russian reactors to remain safe for extended periods of time if cooling systems fail. There is no guarantee that power backup systems will be effective should this happen. Russian reactors are vulnerable to the kinds of hydrogen explosions that tore through three reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi.

In the light of the above report, the people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala demand immediate termination of the ‘hot run’ and the closure of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project.
http://www.sacw.net/article2179.html

Relevant Resources

Darkness At noon
S P Udayakumar’s interview in Rediff.com (2000)
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Koodankulam: A History of Opposition
M V Ramana, Charkha Newsletter
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Koodankulam Anti-Nuclear Movement: A Struggle for Alternative Development?
Patibala Srikant’s working paper in The Institute for Social and Economic Change
click here

HOME, NEXT TO N-REACTOR
Praful Bidwai and M V Ramana, Tehelka, June 23, 2007
Click here

Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors
M V Ramana, Economic and Political Weekly
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