Environmental clearance for KNPP given by govt, HC



Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has accorded environmental clearance for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, the Madras High Court was informed on Wednesday, while hearing a batch of petitions relating to the project, located in Tirunelveli district.

The state Pollution Control Board, in a report filed before a Division Bench, comprising Justice P Jyothimani and M Duraiswamy, submitted that conditional approval for KKNPP had been accorded under Section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and Section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.

The Board said the clearance was given on July 23 last, authorizing the project director to ensure new outlets for discharge of sewerage and trade affluent. The PCB has made it clear that the radioactive fuel, spent fuel and radioactive waste should be transported,handled and stored as per guidelines of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and that off-site disaster management programmes should be conducted as per AERB norms

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has accorded environmental clearance for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, the Madras High Court was informed on Wednesday, while hearing a batch of petitions relating to the project, located in Tirunelveli district.

The state Pollution Control Board, in a report filed before a Division Bench, comprising Justice P Jyothimani and M Duraiswamy, submitted that conditional approval for KKNPP had been accorded under Section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and Section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.

The Board said the clearance was given on July 23 last, authorizing the project director to ensure new outlets for discharge of sewerage and trade affluent. The PCB has made it clear that the radioactive fuel, spent fuel and radioactive waste should be transported,handled and stored as per guidelines of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and that off-site disaster management programmes should be conducted as per AERB norms

Under the new agreement India retained the right to reprocess spent fuel and the country would be the major beneficiary, the counter said. Arguments will continue on Thursday.

PTI