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Supreme Court's Judgment on Koodankulam Worrying Omissions

The Supreme Court of India has not yet granted permission for commissioning the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, as its judgment on 6 May 2013 makes obvious. But unfortunately it does not seem to have paid serious attention to concerns raised by the former chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, among others, on the quality of components provided by the Russian supplier. It also does not appear to have had the opportunity to ponder over the fi ndings of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, which was forthright in its view that the Fukushima disaster was man-made.

Contrary to most media reports, the Supreme Court (SC) has not yet formally granted permission for commissioning the Koodankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu (see its judgment dated 6 May 2013 in Special Leave Petition – Civil (SLP-C) No 27335 of 2012). The SC has clearly stipulated in para 1 of its directions,

The plant should not be made operational unless Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) accord final clearance for commissioning of the plant ensuring the quality of various components and systems because their reliability is of vital importance.

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