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The Kanyakumari Declaration

June 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Statement of The National Convention on “The Politics of Nuclear Energy and Resistance,”
June 4-6, 2009, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India

by National Alliance of Anti-nuclear Movements (NAAM)

From South Asia Citizens Web

We, the undersigned organizations, peoples’ movements and concerned citizens committed to building a world free from nuclear exploitation, nuclear business, nuclear power and nuclear weapons, do hereby declare the following:

1. In the context of the unprecedented threats facing the world due to global warming and the rapid depletion of conventional energy sources, the nuclear establishment is most opportunistically pushing nuclear energy as a climate-friendly energy source. However, all the activities associated with nuclear power generation – the mining and processing of uranium, the building of nuclear power stations involving huge amounts of cement and steel, the long construction process, the decommissioning of plants and the handling of radioactive waste – are highly unsafe and expensive, and cause enormous climate-changing pollution. Nuclear energy is not cheap, safe, clean or sustainable. It also does not offer a solution to our energy problems.

2. The government of India is aggressively expanding nuclear power generation and enhancing nuclear business with countries such as the United States, Russia, France, Kazakhstan and others without any regard for norms of democratic decision making. We express outrage over the fact that the newly-elected UPA government is conveniently choosing to interpret the verdict of the recent elections as a mandate for nuclearization.

3. A highly populated country like India does have an increasing need for energy. But for that very reason the energy options we choose must be economical, sustainable, safe and environmentally-friendly. Moreover energy distribution must be made more equitable, just and efficient.

4. In India, huge resources have already been wasted on nuclear power projects that are expensive, inefficient, hazardous and also potentially catastrophic. The Indian nuclear establishment has expressed interest in amending the Indian Atomic Energy Act, 1962 to facilitate privatization. While private companies will make money, Indian taxpayers and ordinary citizens will bear the cost of dealing with all the liabilities such as nuclear waste, decommissioning, possible accidents, public health issues and other dangerous consequences.

5. The workings of the nuclear establishment in the country are shrouded in mystery and protected by draconian laws of official secrecy in complete contradiction to our constitutional right to information. Legislation as secretive and repressive as the Indian Atomic Energy Act, 1962 should have no place in a democracy.

6. Nuclear energy establishments such as the Indian Rare Earths (IRE) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Kalpakkam, Rawatbhatta and Jadugoda have already created major health problems for local citizens.

7. India’s nuclear program has been and continues to be vigorously resisted by the people of this country whose struggles in the past have stopped two nuclear power stations – Peringome and Kothamangalam – from coming up. This convention declares total support and solidarity to the struggles of people resisting the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. It also declares support and solidarity to people in all other parts of the country such as Jadugoda, Meghalaya, Haripur and Jaitapur who are struggling against uranium mining and nuclear power plants.

In view of the above, we, the gathered participants of the National Convention on “The Politics of Nuclear Energy and Resistance” demand that:

1. Immediate compensation and health facilities be provided to people suffering from radiation illnesses such as cancer, genetic disorders, skin diseases, reproductive health problems and other major health effects caused by nuclear establishments, nuclear mining and fuel sites and other allied nuclear industries and activities.
2. All persons living in the vicinity of nuclear establishments and nuclear fuel sites be declared potentially radiation-affected and that clear-cut mechanisms be evolved for appropriate compensation.
3. All activities related to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant be immediately stopped.
4. The proposed nuclear power plants at Haripur (West Bengal), Mithi Virdi (Gujarat), Madban (Maharashtra), Pitti Sonapur (Orissa) and Kovada (Andhra Pradesh) be immediately scrapped.
5. The draconian Indian Atomic Energy Act, 1962 be revoked forthwith.
6. The Right to Information (RTI) Act be amended to apply to all aspects of the nuclear establishment.

M. Sebastian Varma, Kanyakumari District Fisher Sangam Federation.

P. Kishan Rao, Forum for Sustainable Development (FSD), Hyderabad.

Dr. K. S. Lakshmi, Movement Against Uranium Project, Hyderabad.

Advocate K. Nandini, Jagriti Lawyers Forum, Kochi.

A. Mathias, Karungal, Kanyakumari.

J. Sahayaraj, T.M.S.S.S, Tuticorin.

Sandhya Banda, Hyderabad.

B. Amalapushpam, Ahilam, Kanyakumari.

B. Sakunthala, Ahilam, Kanyakumari.

N. Mohamed Ansari, SEWA Union, Trivandrum.

K. Sajaya, Hyderabad.

R. Sowmini, Ahilam, Kanyakumari Dist.

Thomas Mohan, School of International Relations & Politics, Kottayam.

Advaita R. Prasad, School of International Relations & Politics, Kottayam.

Y. Nirmala, Hyderabad.

Dr. S.P. Udayakumar, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, Nagercoil.

K.M. Seethi, Kottayam.

M. Krishna Moorthi, D.F.F.W.U. Tuticorin.

George Gomes, D. F. F. W. U., Tuticorin.

A. Muthukrishnan, Madurai.

Ajit Muricken, Mumbai.

Karuna Raina, Bangalore.

Itty Abraham, Trivandrum.

Jagadish G. Chandra, Bangalore.

K. P. Sasi, Bangalore.

S. Sudha, SAHAHEEVAN, Bangalore.

J. Christopher, JASUL, Kanyakumari Dist.

C. Boaz, Kanyakumari Dist.

Assunta, CHEERS, Thoothukudi.

Dr. Elsey Jacob, Nava Jyothi, Kanyakumari Dist.

R. S. Lal Mohan, Conservation of Nature Trust, Nagercoil.

Gnana Surabhi Mani, Madurai.

K.P. Thava Singh, Madurai.

S. Paramarthalingam, Nagercoil.

V. Shahul Hameed, Nagercoil.

N. Balasubramaniam, Kanyakumari Dist.

R. Mohan Dhas, Nagercoil.

P. Karthika, Nagercoil.

M. King Thanesh Kumar, Madurai.

S. Dhanraj, PEAL, Madurai.

D. B. Jayalaxmy, Neyyoor.

D. B. Vijayalaxmy, Neyyoor.

Ravila Kamaraj, Kanyakumari Dist.

Fr. S. Antony Claret, Parish Priest, Kurumpanai.

A. Samuel Dinagaran, Sirumugai.

N. Sudandiran, Sirumugai.

V.T. Padmanabhan, Mumbai.

A. Ravi, Thatikkarankonam.

T. B. Dinesh, Bangalore.

Vidya Parthasarathy, Bangalore.

S. Eason, Sangamam, Kanyakumari Dist.

D. Gabriele, Madurai.

Nalini Nayak, Trivandrum.

S. Bharathidasan, Arulagam, Tirunelveli Dist.

Y. David, Madurai.

M.K. Ajithkumar, Nagercoil.

V. Antony Dhason, Kanyakumari Dist.

P. Saravanabavan, Nagercoil.

S.M. Prithiviraj, Nagercoil.

Sahadevan. K, Anumukti, Surat.

Ranjana Mandal, Surat.

P. Alexander, Nagercoil.

William Stanley, Semiliguda, Orissa.

K.C. Santhosh Kumar, Thrissur, Kerala.

Fr. Benny Benedict, Thrissur, Kerala.

Surendra Gadekar, Sampoorna Kranti Vidyalaya, Gujarat.

Adv. M. Vetri Selvam, Sathur.

K. Ramachandran, Public Health Forum, Kerala.

M. Rajan, Arulakam, Tirunelveli Dist.

C. Berlin, Neithal Makkal Iyakkam, Karungal.

Vilas Shende, Mun Memoral Hospital, Nagpur.

Rajani Shende, Nagpur.

Adv. Prakash Meghe,Nagpur.

Kajal Meghe, Nagpur.

Vijayanand, Chennai.

C. Mukesh, Nagercoil.

M.C. Arunan, Mumbai.

Prasanna Kumar, Bangalore.

Gopalakrishnan, Bangalore.

Sageendratheertha, Bangalore.

A.J. Thivagar, Nagercoil.

Adv. S. Sivasubramanian, Koodankulam.

B. Walter Kennedy, Kanyakumari Dist.

R. Arihara Suthan, Nagercoil.

A. Jenifer Raj, Thoothukudi.

M. Rubitta, Kanyakumari.

M. P. Jesuraj, Tirunelveli Dist.

A.S. Ravi, Koodankulam, Tirunelveli Dist.

Anivar Aravind, Bangalore.

C. Saratchandran, Tripunthura.

J.J.B. Venis, Kovalam, Kanyakumari.

P. Baburaj, Trivandrum, Kerala.

K. Satish, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Anil Chaudhary, New Delhi.

Wilfred. D, New Delhi.

Achni Vanaik, New Delhi.

Magline, Costal Women’s Movement, Kerala.

I. Rajesh, Kanyakumari.

Y. Marytheras, Thuckalay.

M. Deedee, Kanyakumari.

Lidwin, Women’s Collective, Nagercoil.

J. Joseph Suresh, Kanyakumari Dist.

Mr. L.A Arul Raj, SHED, Kanyakumari Dist.

A. Isye Singh, Social Welfare Associate, Kanyakumari Dist.

John P. Rayan, Tuticorin.

G. Anton Gomez, President, National Union of Fishermen, Tuticorin.

J. Verdin, Koottapuli.

J. Angel, CHEERS, Koottapuli.

A. Initha, Tirunelveli Dist.

K. Nija, Kanyakumari Dist.

M.G.S. Maharajan, Kanyakumari Dist.

Mrs. Meera Udayakumar, Nagercoil.

K. Zechariah, Erukkanthurai.

Areva offers India stakes in Uranium mines

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

From Bloomberg via Times of India

June 6, 2009

Areva SA, the world’s biggest maker of atomic reactors, has offered India stakes in African uranium mines to ensure supplies for fuel-starved plants, the head of the nation’s monopoly nuclear generator said. State-run Nuclear Power Corp of India is considering investing in as many as four mines, including projects in South Africa and Nigeria, chairman Shreyans Kumar Jain said.

Patricia Marie, a spokeswoman for Areva in Paris, didn’t immediately comment when contacted. “Some of the mines that we have been offered stakes in are already producing and some have yet to be developed,” Jain said. “We may invest up to 26% of the project cost,” he said, declining to give more details about the mines or how much the company would spend on the proposed acquisitions.

Nuclear Power is also seeking long-term supply contracts from Kazakhstan, Canada and Brazil as it orders reactors worth at least $14 billion from overseas, Jain said. India needs to invest in uranium assets to ensure fuel for a planned 14-fold increase in nuclear generation capacity by 2030 after a three- decade ban on supplies to the country was lifted last year.

Australia, home to the world’s biggest-known uranium reserves, has refused to sell the fuel to the country because it hasn’t signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Buying shares in Areva’s mines will help boost supplies for locally built atomic plants as domestic reserves of uranium are insufficient for India’s requirements, Jain said on Thursday.

Nuclear Power may spend more than a planned $1.2 billion to buy equity in overseas uranium mines, including those in Russia and Kazakhastan, he said. Uranium Supply Areva, which is building the first large-capacity atomic project in India with overseas equipment, will also supply uranium to run the reactors for 60 years, chairperson Anne Lauvergeon said in February after signing a preliminary sales agreement.

Nuclear Power will buy two Areva reactors of 1,650-megawatt capacity each and may increase the number to six, according to the preliminary agreement. The project will be built at Jaitapur in the western state of Maharashtra and Nuclear Power may complete acquiring almost 1,000 hectares of land for it in the “next few months,” Jain said.

The two companies are waiting for France’s parliament to approve an inter-governmental agreement before raising 3 billion euros ($4.2 billion) for the project, he said. A final accord may be signed next year after obtaining French parliamentary and regulatory approvals, Jain said.