AFTER WRITING a letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, which stated that the “partial and conditional environmental clearance” granted to the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) lapsed on November 26, 2015, the Konkan Bachao Samiti has sent a letter to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), asking it to stop all work at the site. The samiti has been agitating against the Jaitapur project.
“As you are aware, a partial and conditional environmental clearance had been granted to the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, dated November 26, 2010. The said clearance was valid for a period of five years. The said clearance is now lapsed. Since the JNPP does not have an environmental clearance, all work on site should cease immediately. Continuation of any work on site would be illegal. On behalf of the residents of the surrounding area, we demand that NPCIL stop work at the JNPP site immediately,” says the December 2 letter addressed to K C Purohit, Chairman and Managing Director, NPCIL.
The letter to the ministry had called for issuing stop-work notices to the NPCIL and to make a public announcement
of this decision.
The letter stated that serious issues have been raised by eminent geologists about seismicity in and around the proposed site, and alleged that the previous clearance was “fundamentally flawed by the fact that it was issued without a prior consideration of the hazards arising out of radioactivity by the competent authority”, which is the principal hazard for a nuclear power project.
The European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs), which India plans to import for Jaitapur, are being designed by the French company Areva.
“Several extremely serious developments have taken place since November 26, 2010. These include the Fukushima disaster of March 2011, design changes in the EPR reactor design post Fukushima, detection of serious design flaws in the EPR reactor vessels under construction at Olkiluoto, Finland and Flamanville, France, and suspension of the EPR safety design review process by the NRC, USA, at the request of Areva in February 2015. The purported clearance was given to a plant that, on the admission of the plant manufacturer and designers had inherent design flaws, which neither your Ministry nor AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) had noted. In the context of a nuclear power plant, this is extremely dangerous to public and highly irresponsible on the part of the Ministry,” said the samiti’s letter to the ministry.