Thursday 17 May 2012

Dear Prime Minister, are you listening to the right people, Sir?

Anuj Wankhede
The Prime Minister of India – on Wednesday May 16, 2012- made a statement on the floor of the House regarding the safety of the civilian nuclear facilities in the country.
Even WITHOUT a natural disaster, here is a list of publicly available Civilian nuclear incidents that have already occurred within the country. (These are classified as "incidents" and NOT as accidents by the International Atomic Energy Agency - IAEA - so as to prove the supposed safety of nuclear energy )

How dare he mislead the nation in this way? Nuclear accidents are not road and railway accidents, which happen almost daily in our country.
Why are you considering data only AFTER Fukushima? And telling the House that we are safe?
Here is our previous to Fukushima record -
4 May 1987 – Kalpakkam
Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam.
Refueling accident ruptures the reactor core resulting in a two-year shutdown.
10 Sep 1989 – Tarapur, Maharashtra
After operators at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station find reactor leaking radioactive Iodine at more than 700 times normal levels, repairs to the reactor take more than a year.
13 May 1992 – Tarapur, Maharashtra
A malfunctioning tube causes the Tarapur Atomic Power Station to release 12 curies of radioactivity.
31 Mar 1993 – Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
The Narora Atomic Power Station suffers a fire at two of its steam turbine blades, damaging the heavy water reactor and almost leading to a meltdown.
2 Feb 1995 – Kota, Rajasthan
The Power Station leaks radioactive helium and heavy water into the
Rana Pratap Sagar River necessitating a two-year shutdown for repairs.
22 Oct 2002 – Kalpakkam
Almost 100 kg radioactive sodium at a fast breeder reactor leaks into a purification cabin, ruining a number of valves and operating systems.
Sir, you ‘may’ be a honorable man. But then who is giving you wrong information? As a man of economics, you may not be aware of the seriousness of these incidents.
We, the citizens of the country, fear for the worst, especially considering the disastrous experiences of past accidents and natural disasters in India.
We do not expect timely relief.
We do not expect evacuation.
We do not expect rehabilitation.
We do not expect compensation.
We do not expect justice.
We do not even expect truth from the establishment.
We will tell you the ways to progress without Nuclear Energy. We have enough scientists who say NO to nuclear power and who are willing to show you the way.
Are you listening, Sir?
Your Indian democracy is asking you this question Sir!

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