No to Radioactive contamination and exposure, Yes to Nuclear Radiation-free society

Statement of TWA

“No to Radioactive contamination and exposure, Yes to Nuclear Radiation-free society”


Nuclear emergencies are expected to be “beyond expectations” & predicted to be “unpredictable”


ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA), a member of No to Nuclear Energy Forum (NNEF) endorses the joint Statement on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster;


TWA makes a solemn and earnest request to all sections of society to do their utmost for the sake of present and future generations to avoid repeat of of August 6th and August 9th in Hiroshima and Nagasaki some 60 years ago, accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago, Three Mile Island accident 32 years ago on March 28 and this year’s Fukushima catastrophe;


TWA calls on Government of India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) and Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to take cognizance of the catastrophe of March 11, 2011 and April 26, 1986 to revise its old position on radiation exposure and radioactive contamination;

TWA appeals to CCEA, CCPA and CCS Government to probe the claims of nuclear power companies and its advocates because it is evident that nuclear power plants insincere and dishonest assurances about these plants being  “complete safe” and “nuclear accident proof” are figments of their imagination;


TWA urges CCEA, CCPA and CCS to pay heed to the grave warnings in the backdrop of Japanese Government and Tokyo Electric Power Company admission that what happened on March 11 was “beyond expectations”;


TWA underlines that all nuclear emergencies are expected to be “beyond expectations” and are predicted to be “unpredictable”;


TWA seeks a white paper on Government of India’s current state of disposal of the huge heap of radioactive waste generated so far;


TWA calls on CCEA, CCS and CCPA to delete nuclear power and nuclear facilities from its Energy Policy and initiate steps to phase out and decommission the current nuclear power plants;


TWA appeals to legislators of both the parliament and the state legislatures to hold a protracted debate in the legislatures to underline that lessons are being learnt from the Chernobyl disaster and Fukushima catastrophe;


TWA submits that no truthful discussion on nuclear radiation issue is possible unless WHO-IAEA treaty on disclosure of radiation health hazards is abandoned and IAEA is made free of its current conflict of interest ridden status of being a promoter of nuclear commerce as well as its regulator;   


TWA urges joint national action for demanding a formal decision to permanently close down the nuclear power stations, to cancel plans to build new nuclear reactors and to shut down aging nuclear reactors and propose a process of phase out of nuclear energy;


TWA submits that the energy generated twenty nuclear power reactors at Kaiga, Karnataka, Kakrapar, Gujarat, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, Narora, Uttar Pradesh, Rawatbhata, Rajasthan and Tarapur, Maharashtra that produce 4780 MW (2.9% of total installed base) in India can easily be met through alternate sources;


TWA submits that the construction at Kudankulam and Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, Kakrapar, Gujarat, Rawatbhata and Banswara, Rajasthan must be stopped and the same site be used for alternative sources of energy;

 

TWA supports the nation-wide movement against nuclear power plants in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, Jaitapur, Maharastra, Pati Sonapur, Orissa, Kumaharia, Haryana, Bhavnagar Gujarat, Pulivendula and Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh and Haripur in West Bengal;


TWA appeals to all the groups who work on health, environment, human rights, energy, labour, intergenerational equity to take join hands and take a pledge to initiate efforts to say “No to Radioactive contamination and Radiation exposure, Yes to Nuclear Radiation-free society”.


Contact:  Gopal Krishna, Convener, ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA), Mb: 9818089660,

E-mail: toxicswatchalliance@gmail.com, Web: toxicswatch.blogspot.com

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