Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fwd: 600 Arrested

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From: Tuhin Kr. Dutta <>
Date: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Subject: Fwd: 600 Arrested

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From: Karuna Raina, Greenpeace India <>
Date: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:53 PM
Subject: 600 Arrested

Tell Manmohan Singh to "Put Indian lives above foreign profits -- Stop the import of dangerous nuclear reactors to Maharashtra"
Dear Tuhin Kumar,

Why should we oppose this plant?

  • Thousands of safety violations have been detected in Areva's first EPR project in Finland.
  • There is no approved solution for high-level nuclear waste anywhere in the world.
  • No EPRs will be built in the US because of prohibitively high costs.
  • An accident would put millions at risk including those in densely populated Mumbai.

Last week over 600 people were arrested for standing up for their rights to live and work in safe surroundings. Over 2320 acres of land is being acquired by the Maharashtra government for Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to build 6 mega nuclear reactors in Ratnagiri district. Protests have been suppressed using police violence and false charges[1].

The NPCIL is planning to import expensive and unsafe nuclear reactors from French company, Areva. US and European nuclear regulators have identified severe flaws in the reactor and they have not approved the design.[2]

Over 2000 people will lose their land and over 10,000 people will have their health and livelihood affected due to this plant. Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has the power to stop the import of dangerous nuclear reactors and listen to the concerns of the local people.

Can you ask Dr. Manmohan Singh asking him to put the interests of Indian people above the interests of foreign nuclear companies.

Most of the people around the region have refused the compensation offered by the Maharashtra government. Showing their opposition to the nuclear power plant, over 3000 people voluntarily risked jail and they have been joined by prominent figures such as former High Court judge B. G. Kolse-Patil, Admiral L. Ramdas and retired Supreme Court Judge P. B. Samant.

The Indian government is once again putting the profits of foreign companies above the interests of its own people. Instead of putting people at risk we can provide safe electricity at a cheaper cost[3] and much faster[4] with decentralised renewable energy.

Tell Dr. Manmohan Singh to put the safety of Indians first and stop the import of dangerous nuclear reactors to Maharashtra.

Thanks a billion!

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Karuna Raina
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1. Nuke power project: 3000 villagers court arrest in Ratnagiri, The Times of India, Oct 29, 2010

2. Areva EPR reactor computers still need work-NRC, Reuters, July 26, 2010

3. Nuclear power could cost trillions over renewables Scientific American, June 19, 2009

4. India's nuclear chimera, Down to Earth, Aug 15, 2010,
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