Cancellation of envt hearing on Mithi Virdi n-plant sought, - DNA Correspondent l Ahmedabad, 2 February 2013
Cancellation of envt hearing on Mithi Virdi n-plant soughtActivists cite loopholes in EIA Report for the proposed 6,000 mw nuclear power plant
DNA Correspondent l Ahmedabad, 2 February 2013
Citing anomalies in the environment impact assessment (EIA) report on the proposed 6,000 MW nuclear power plant at Mithi Virdi in Bhavnagar district, activists have demanded cancellation of the environmental public hearing (EPH) scheduled on March 5.
According to Rohit Prajapati of Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, the terms of reference given by the ministry of environment and forests clearly suggest that the impact of radiation would have to be assessed up to 30km of the plant. Yet the EIA has covered only 24 villages falling in 10 km radius.
“Only residents of 24 villages have been called for the hearing even though the plant will have an impact on all 152 villages,” said Prajapati, while wondering, “How can you not involve so many people who will be impacted by the plant?”
The activist, who has written to the prime minister in this regard, also referred to the lack of relief and rehabilitation policy for those affected by the project.
According to Michael Madgaonkar, the EPH was being organised on the basis of a report that had too many drawbacks. Pointing out that it refers to liquid nuclear waste being taken offsite, the activist said, “To take nuclear waste offsite you have to transport it. What will you do in case of an accident? Where is the plan to deal with such a situation?”
The spent nuclear fuel will be held in ponds for 15 years, Madgaonkar said, while adding, “The report says that the fuel will be dealt with as per the policy in place after 15 years, which effectively means they don’t know how to deal with it.”
The terms also state that clearance has to be obtained from both the forest and water departments. “Yet the report prepared by Engineers India Limited only makes a mention that they have applied for the requisite clearance. An EPH cannot be carried out for a project that is yet to get such major clearances,” said Prajapati.
The report failed to mention a proper disaster procedure to be put in place in case of any untoward incident, he added.
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