Sunday, March 13, 2011

Demand a Moratorium on Nuclear Reactor Construction in India

25 years since Chernobyl, and we have learnt nothing! An estimated 65,000 to 110,000 people perished in Chernobyl. The toll from the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear reactor is as yet unknown, but is likely to be high. The accident, in which unspecified quantities of radioactivity were released, highlights the grave inherent hazards of atomic power generation the world over, and confirms the scientific assessment that all nuclear reactor-types can undergo a catastrophic accident like Three Mile Island (US, 1979) and Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986), irrespective of the precautions taken and safety systems installed.

The incident calls for a thorough review and transparent audit of the safety performance of all nuclear reactors in India, as well as of evacuation and other emergency procedures, which are known to be flawed. The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) demands a moratorium on all further civilian nuclear activities in India, including the construction of reactors at Jaitapur in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, based on an untested French design, until India’s nuclear power policy is radically reviewed for safety, viability, appropriateness and costs.


  1. Yes, very thought-provoking and pertinent.

  2. what more to say? some risks are not worth taking.

  3. there is only way to live with the harmony with nature is consume less...