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Madras High Court shows green signal to Kudankulam N-plant

Chennai, Aug 31 (): The Madras High Court on Friday showed a green signal to the much-awaited Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), by saying that there seems to be no environmental issues associated with the building of the plant.

While dismissing a petition, the court observed there is no barrier against the mega atomic power project, around 650 kms from Chennai. The court also rejected the petitioner’s argument by saying that the project had environmental clearance issues. The court is also believed to have directed setting up of schools and hospital around the site of the KKNPP.

Despite seeking environmental clearance for the project, a PIL was filed by G Sundarrajan demanding a ban on Russian reactors to be fixed at the plant. The High Court, on Wednesday disposed the appeal against the KKNPP by keeping in reserve its decision on Sundarrajan’s petition.

Earlier, the Court had agreed to the  revised  approval order issued by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) for the mega atomic power project in Tirunelveli district, said a  senior Central government official of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) .

As per the rules of the Environment (Protection), 1986, thermal power plant that uses sea water should implement a system to decrease the temperature of the water at the final discharge point in order to avoid rise in the temperature from exceeding 7 degrees Celsius over the ambient temperature.

The new sanction order has limited the temperature of trade effluent from KKNPP, built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), to an utmost of 7 degrees Celsius over the ambient temperature.

The petitioner Sundarrajan also raised questions regarding the validity of TNPCB’s original consent order that was issued in July which permitted the tolerance temperature limit of trade effluent of the KKNPP at 45 degrees Celsius, whereas the Comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment for the KKNPP units 1 and 2 and additional units 3 to 6 has limited the tolerance temperature to 37 degrees Celsius.




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