ATOMIC ENERGY OFFICIALS WARNING ON KUDANKULAMREACTORS IS UNWARRANTED AND MISLEADING
Prof.T.Shivaji Rao, Director, Center for Environmental Studies, GITAM University,Visakhapatnam.
The Chairmen of Atomic Energy Commission and Nuclear PowerCorporation told the media on 28
October at Mumbai that it is notpossible to abandon the Nuclear Reactors under construction atKudankulam. This amounts to warning the people that the safety ofKudankulam reactors will be in jeopardy due to the blockades by thepeople who are agitating against the nuclear plants. The allegation thatpublic agitations cause the nuclear plant to face the risk of being seriouslydamaged and thereby implying indirectly that it poses a threat to publicsafety is very misleading. Several nuclear power plants have been closeddown in USA on the verge of their completion due to unresolved problemsof safety and economic viability. In the wake of Fukushima explosion theGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to close down several reactorsafter realizing that nuclear safety is a myth. The Russian experts whoenquired into the safety aspects of Russian nuclear plants in the aftermathof Fukushima reactor explosion concluded that the Russian nuclearreactors do not satisfy safety consideration in many respects and thesefindings forced people of South Tamilnadu to agitate for abandonment ofsuch reactors in Kudankulam.
The people anticipate that failure of thereactors due to a maximum credible accident can result in economicdamages worth about 60 lakhs crores of rupees and the death ofseveral lakhs of people in southern parts of Kerala and Tamil Naudstates. The victims of Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan are
claiming for compensation amounting to more than 3 lakh crores of
rupees and the probability of this nuclear accident may render theSouthern states virtually economically bankrupt.
The claim of the Atomic energy officials that they have done the hot run forthe Kudankulam reactor and that they cannot go from a hot run to a freezecondition is tantamount to an undeclared nuclear war against the people ofSouthern districts of Tamilnadu and Kerala. By conducting the hot run ofthe reactor they have just loaded the reactor with dummy fuel assemblieswhich have the same configuration as the real fuel assemblies excludingthe enriched uranium fuel and hence the reactor has not gone critical and is