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‘Kudankulam can stand Fukushima-like disaster’

The Supreme Court was Thursday told that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project [KNPP] in Tamil Nadu was absolutely safe and fully equipped to deal even with Fukushima type of accident.

The reply came against the stand SC had taken earlier in the day that the nuclear plant would be shut down if it was found unsafe on any standard.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited [NPCIL] told the apex court bench of Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra that KNPP was ‘absolutely safe’ even without the 17 recommendations by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board [AERB], which were being put in place out of abundant caution.

The recommendations were made by an expert committee set up in the wake of leakage of radioactive materials from a damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima in Japan after a tsunami in March 2011.

‘It is submitted that even if a Fukushima type of incident were to occur, the KNPP is fully equipped with all safety measures to withstand any such unlikely event,’ the NPCIL said in its affidavit.

The affidavit was filed by Ashok Chauhan, the company’s executive director [Fuel Cycle Management & Safeguards].
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