PMANE demands White Paper on KKNPP
The Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), a civil group spearheading the ongoing struggle against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) has renewed its threat to 'lay another siege to the nuclear plant,' if the Centre fails to present a 'white paper' on the current condition of KKNPP, in view of reported leaks and repairs in the nuclear plant.
"We demand a white paper on the actual happenings of the KKNPP along with the Site Evaluation Report, Safety Analysis Report, Emergency Preparedness Plan and performance report of VVER 1000 reactors in the larger interests of the people of Tamil nadu and Kerala. If they (Centre) ignore our demand and do not respond in 15 days, we will lay another siege to the KKNPP,' Struggle committee of the PMANE said in a press release here today.
Since the NPCIL and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) authorities were tight-lipped about the current condition of KKNPP, recurrent rumours were making rounds around the nuclear plant that there had been some 40 deaths, contract workers at KKNPP had been asked not to report for duty, and KKNPP-I had been completely sealed, the release said.
"Southern Tamil Nadu is agog with such worse rumours about the KKNPP, as Union Minister V Narayanasamy made terse, incomplete and irresponsible statements about leaks and repairs at KKNPP without giving any details to the public. Even, the DAE Chief Dr R K Sinha said on January 18 that there was no major issue behind delay in KKNPP commissioning. But, he stopped short of telling the real truth about the project," the committee alleged.