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Nuclear disaster: Japan now, India next? PDF Print E-mail
World Peace

Dear friends across India

As nuclear disaster ravages Japan, Congress is moving ahead with plans to build the world's largest nuclear power development -- on an earthquake hotspot.
The Jaitapur nuclear reactors have been rubber-stamped by State authorities and the Environment Ministry, but Prime Minister Singh can intervene to suspend the plants' construction. With Japan's catastrophe fueling media scrutiny and public outcry, the project's financial backers are thinking about pulling out -- and Singh is deciding whether to rush to the project's rescue, or move to end it.

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Post-Tsunami Situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan: Facts, Analysis, and S PDF Print E-mail

TAKOMA PARK, Md. - March 14 - On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi and the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plants (or Fukushima for short) experienced a severe earthquake, followed by a tsunami. This analysis relates to the Daiichi plant, which has experienced the more severe problems as of this writing so far as is known (9 p.m. March 13, 2011 Eastern Daylight Time, United States). Power from the grid was lost, and the reactors were successfully shut down as part of the emergency. But power to operate the site was still needed to remove the heat from the reactors. The Dai-chi plant has six operating boiling water reactors. The oldest, Unit 1, which appears to have had a partial meltdown of the fuel, first went critical in 1970 (and was connected to the grid in 1971. Unit 3, which also appears to have had similar problems as Unit 1, whose fuel includes mixed plutonium oxide uranium oxide fuel (“MOX fuel”) first went critical in 1976. Both reactors are of the Mark 1 Boiling Water Design. They do not have the sturdy secondary containment buildings of concrete that is several feet thick typical of later reactor designs. (March 14, 6:30 a.m. note: Unit 3 has also experienced an explosion and Unit 2 appears to have lost cooling. The problems described here would likely apply to Unit 3; Unit 2 may be headed to similar problems.)

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NAAM Press Release on Fukushima PDF Print E-mail
Environment

Press Release

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2011

National Alliance of Anti-nuclear Movements (NAAM)

42/27 Esankai Mani Veethy

Parakkai Road Junction

Nagercoil 629 002

Tamil Nadu, India

Contact: S. P. Udayakumar, Coordinator

Mob: 9865683735; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We would like to express our great concern and deep anxiety about the deadly radioactive explosion that has happened at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan (some 150 miles north of Tokyo). Both online and television images of the thick white smoke hovering over the exploded nuclear power plant have come to haunt the world public opinion. The Japanese authorities have extended the evacuation zone to 20 kms.

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ASIA: Legislation used to punish, not protect human rights defenders in Asia PDF Print E-mail

date: March 14, 2011
document id: ALRC-COS-16-19-2011
HRC section: Item 3: General Debate

An Oral Statement to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status

ASIA: Legislation used to punish, not protect human rights defenders in Asia

Thank you,

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to raise grave concerns about the increasing insecurity, threats and obstacles faced by human rights defenders in Asia. In extreme cases, defenders are being subjected to torture, disappearance or murder by State-agents, with impunity. The lack of effective legal safeguards and protection mechanisms in the region must be addressed.

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Indian Nuclear Group Demands Moratorium on Nuclear Reactor Construction After the Fukushima Disaster PDF Print E-mail

12 March 2011

Sukla Sen

The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) expresses its deep
grief and sorrow at the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in
Japan and the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear reactor, which reportedly
suffered a loss-of-coolant accident.

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