TN panel gives clean chit to KNPP over safety aspect

 
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TN panel gives clean chit to KNPP
Tirunelveli (TN), Feb 19: The four-member committee set up by Tamil Nadu Government virtually gave a clean chit to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), saying it was well-equipped to withstand natural calamities, be it earthquake or tsunami.

Emerging from the two-hour long talks with members of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), committee Convenor S Iniyan told reporters that they inspected the KNPP yesterday for more than three hours and reviewed the safety measures put in place to deal with any contingency.

"From our inspection we have gathered that KNPP can withstand tsunami strikes as the plant is 20 feet above the sea level. The reactors, which are of third generation, would automatically shut down in case of any problem," he said.

KNPP also has a passive heat removal system and high-power diesel generators to meet any situation, said the Convenor, adding these safety measures had been certified by authorities concerned.

Iniyan said talks with the PMANE group, spearheading the protest against the KNPP, was "cordial", but the committee rejected their demands to hold discussions with PMANE's expert group and to meet people of the coastal villages surrounding Koodankulam.

Stating that these were not in their mandate, Iniyan said the committee, set up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was given two tasks reviewing safety features in the plant and allaying the concerns of the people.

"We undertook an inspection of the plant yesterday and understood the concerns of the local people through our talks with their representatives today. We will go back to Chennai and study the documents provided by the plant officials and submit our report," he said.

The four-member committee set up by Tamil Nadu Government today virtually gave a clean chit to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), saying it was well-equipped to withstand natural calamities, be it earthquake or tsunami.

Emerging from the two-hour long talks with members of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), committee Convenor S Iniyan told reporters that they inspected the KNPP yesterday for more than three hours and reviewed the safety measures put in place to deal with any contingency.

"From our inspection we have gathered that KNPP can withstand tsunami strikes as the plant is 20 feet above the sea level. The reactors, which are of third generation, would automatically shut down in case of any problem," he said.

KNPP also has a passive heat removal system and high-power diesel generators to meet any situation, said the Convenor, adding these safety measures had been certified by authorities concerned. Iniyan said talks with the PMANE group, spearheading the protest against the KNPP, was "cordial", but the committee rejected their demands to hold discussions with PMANE's expert group and to meet people of the coastal villages surrounding Koodankulam.

Stating that these were not in their mandate, Iniyan said the committee, set up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was given two tasks -- reviewing safety features in the plant and allaying the concerns of the people.

"We undertook an inspection of the plant yesterday and understood the concerns of the local people through our talks with their representatives today. We will go back to Chennai and study the documents provided by the plant officials and submit our report," he said.

PTI 

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