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No rethink on Jaitapur project, says Jairam Ramesh

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Jairam RameshUnion Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said  that there would be no rethink on the environmental clearance given to the Jaitapur nuclear power project but it would need to include additional safety measures in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. The Fukushima incident in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami last month was a "wake up call" but the option of nuclear energy could not be "abandoned", the minister said after meeting Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

"A deeper review of Jaitapur nuclear power park is needed. I did raise a concern that the six units in Jaitapur have a common safety plan. Fukushima has shown us that we need to think independently for each unit. There cannot be interlinked safety measures," said Ramesh.

He added that as of now, the Environment Impact Assessment stands and additional safety measures need to be implemented.

The NPCIL, in collaboration with Areva of France, is setting up a 9,900 MW nuclear power project, comprising six units each of 1,650 MW, in Jaitapur.

But, residents of five villages in the region adjoining the project are protesting against it, citing concerns about radiation, effect on health, mango farms and fishing.

No rethink on Jaitapur project, says Jairam

"It is a continual process. There is a need to increase public confidence in areas like nuclear power. It is incumbent on the CM to have a more effective public outreach. We must take people into confidence," said Ramesh.

He said that in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,

nuclear energy did not have any as compared to the high emissions from thermal power projects.

He also said a committee had been set up to review all coastal plants and the processes of environmental clearances.

Source- Indian Express

 

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