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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:54 AM
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Resistance to Jaitapur Nuclear Plant Grows in India
Source: New York Times

MADBAN, India When a farmer named Praveen Gawankar and two neighbors began a protest four years ago against a proposed nuclear power plant here in this coastal town, they were against it mainly for not-in-my-backyard reasons.

They stood to lose mango orchards, cashew trees and rice fields, as the government forcibly acquired 2,300 acres to build six nuclear reactors the biggest nuclear power plant ever proposed anywhere.

But now, as a nuclear disaster unfolds in distant Japan, the lonely group of farmers has seen support for their protest swell to include a growing number of Indian scientists, academics and former government officials. We are getting ready for bigger protests, Mr. Gawanker said.

While the government vows to push ahead citing Indias energy needs Indian newspapers recently reported that the environment minister wrote Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to question the wisdom of large nuclear installations. And a group of 50 Indian scientists, academics and activists has called for a moratorium on new projects. The Japanese nuclear crisis is a wake-up call for India, they wrote in an open letter.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/business/global/15nuk...
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