Mumbai: Alleging that the proposed Jaitapur
nuclear power project was based on a questionable technology,
leading international NGO Greenpeace on Tuesday urged the union
government to reconsider it.
"After the Fukushima incident, several countries are
reviewing their safety policies. We are already seeing
countries pulling out of or freezing their nuclear plans,
including China. Thus it is all the more relevant for India to
reconsider the Jaitapur project," the Greenpeace Indian
Nuclear Energy Campaigner Karuna Raina told reporters here.
"The European Pressurised water Reactor (EPR) technology
is based on the same principle as older reactors and, being
more powerful, presents even more potential for catastrophe,"
claims Yves Marignac, an international consultant on nuclear
and energy who spoke from France in a video conference.
"Its safety features are more complex but rely on the
same confidence of engineers in their `probabilistic approach`
that has just taken a severe beating in Japan," he said.
Raina said that two top German banks-Deutsch Bank and
Commerz Bank, which had earlier considered financing the
Jaitapur project have decided to cancel their participation.
The international NGO had also written letters to the
consortium of banks including BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole,
Societe Generale, Natixis and HSBC last year to reconsider
their decision to finance the project.
"We have not received reply from the banks. But we
understand that they are reviewing the matter," Raina said..
She also mentioned that the Export Guarantor of this
international consortium of banks is reviewing the Environment
Impact Assessment (EIA) of Jaitapur project as also nuclear
waste disposal capability of India and local opposition
through two international consultants.
Raina said that early this year, India`s Nuclear Power
Corporation (NPCIL) invited over a dozen large banks from
around the world to participate in financing the Jaitapur
"The fact that Jaitapur is located on a seismic zone is
of grave concern to Banks", she claimed.
Speaking from Japan, Jan Beranek, Head of the Nuclear
Energy Campaign for Greenpeace International addressed the
international developments in the wake of the `nuclear
emergency` in Japan.
"There is a growing acceptance of the fact that nuclear
technology is inherently dangerous. The world can now take a
step to stop a `nuclear renaissance` that can lead to grave
disasters and choose sustainable energy instead," he said.
"The contention that nuclear energy is seen as a
possible solution to the climate crisis is false, " he said.
Greenpeace propagated for alternate energy sources and
said the share of energy from coal and nuclear should be