I feel you have not considered all facts about the issue and got swayed by mass movement.
1. Safety Aspects during Normal Times : Nuclear reactors are extremely safe to operate. BARC reactors are about 50 years old, scientists and engineers have joined and retired after having spent their entire working life there. We, in the defence services, live and work within a few meters of nuclear reactor in nuclear submarines for months together. Officers and sailors are as healthy as others serving in surface ships. So this talk of radiation hazard from a working nuclear reactor is incorrect information.
2. Safety Aspects during Earth Quake/Sunami etc: Though the reactor is designed to withstand a certain degree of earth quake, disaster can not be ruled out in case of severe earth quake. However geologically South-Indian rocks are 3.5 billion years old and there is no known appreciable earth quake activity in recorded times.
Assuming Kudankulam activists are right in their demand to scrap the project in view of one in billion chance of severe earth quake occurring at unknown future, the other issues to be addressed are:
1. Should we scrap all other nuclear installations such as Kalpakkam, Kota, Tarapore etc?
2. Should we scrap BARC research reactors since they can also cause disaster in case of an earth quake? Of course all scientists and engineers can be asked to take voluntary retirement.
3. If we scrap all nuclear reactors from where we will get fissionable materials to make atom bombs?
4. Again from where we get isotopes to treat cancer patients and other innumerable industrial applications? We should start importing them at considerable cost. What will happen to patients who can not afford the high cost?
5. Should we scrap our nuclear submarine project since it will also have a nuclear reactor and will be berthed in naval ports like Mumbai, Vizag, Calcutta etc?
6. What do we do with our existing stock of atom bombs (about 120-150). They are located in the Air Force stations which are very close to cities such as Jamnagar, Pune, New Delhi, Pathankot etc. In case of earth quake, the bomb materials will spill over and there will be a disaster.
7. If we decide to dismantle our nuclear weapons, what happens to our nuclear deterrence? The western world will be thrilled and Pakistan & China may declare a national holiday and celebrate. Kudankulam protesters may even get Nobel Peace Prize for dismantling Indian Nuclear weapons and derailing nuclear programme..
A lot of such issues are there. Mass hysteria instigated by a few self-appointed activists can not address these issues.
The real danger/ disaster waiting to happen is not a nuclear reactor in Kudankulam , but an atom bomb/crude nuclear bomb in the hands of Isalmic terrorists.
Last week I came to know you and now I read your articles.
Your articles are good.After coming to know about the fasting, I decided to know more about nuclear energy and gather facts about KNPP.
I have attached one article that isn’t related to KNPP but relevant.
I am not a scientist.
But I understood that the reactor and the fuel used in KNPP are very bad for the people and the environment.
Please take a few minutes to read the attached article.
After reading similar articles, I realized that nuclear energy is neither safe nor cheap.
KNPP cannot be economical with just two reactors.
NPCIL is a for-profit company and will try to bring as much as possible.
I question their ability to manage complex and high risk technology.
The KNPP project timeline speaks in volume and unaccountability.
Through this fast, people of Idindakarai and Koodunkulam have laid a foundation to question nuclear energy in India.
The struggle has just began.
Thanks for your time.