Jaitapur nuclear power project: Protesters write to Japan PM, warn of stepping up pressure

Say in light of its own experience, Japan should not put profits of its nuclear industry before the environment.

Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai | Published:December 11, 2015 12:25 am
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CLAIMING that in the wake of opposition to nuclear power in Japan, the nuclear industry there was protecting its profits by getting into a civil nuclear agreement with India, the Maharashtra-based outfit ‘Jaitapur Anuveej Prakalpvirodhi Abhiyan’ (JAPVA) or ‘campaign against Jaitapur nuclear power project’ has written letters to the Prime Minister of Japan and the National Diet of Japan and stated that “it is highly unethical and immoral on your part to put profits of nuclear industry before lives of millions of Indian citizens and environment”.

The members of JAPVA, including Satyajit Chavan from ‘Janhakka Seva Samiti’ and Adwait Pednekar from ‘Konkan Bachao Samiti’ among others, wrote in their representation that the environmental clearance was given to the project for a five-year period from November 26, 2010, to November 26, 2015, and was not valid currently.

Earlier this month, the Konkan Bachao Samiti had written to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change as well as the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited saying that the “partial and conditional environmental clearance” granted to the proposed Jaitapur project had lapsed and NPCIL should accordingly stop all work on the site. In the current letter, JAPVA has requested that Japan should ‘shun’ any agreement with the Indian government on promotion of nuclear power currently or in the future.

“We are fully aware that large number of Japanese people are opposed to the extremely hazardous and prohibitively expensive nuclear power. Their demand is to keep all the reactors in Japan shut and not to export this technology to any country. Recently, a top officer of the Fukushima plant Akira Ono as well as Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Company, have both admitted that there is no existing technology to remove the melted cores; that such technology may not be available for hundreds of years, and it may be impossible to decommission the stricken reactors. Thus the radioactive contamination may continue indefinitely for hundreds of years. Further, there is increasing evidence that rates of incidence of thyroid cancers among children near Fukushima have increased sharply,” the letter claimed.

The letter added that councils of all the 27 villages surrounding the proposed Jaitapur project have passed unanimous resolutions to oppose it.

“We, therefore, once again reiterate strongly our request that in the light of its own experience with radioactive contamination, Japan should shun any agreement for the promotion of the use of nuclear power. If our request goes unheeded, then be cautioned that we will be forced to step up national and international pressure against this policy of your government and build public opinion in both our countries, as well as all over the world against the double
standards it represents,” the letter warned.

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