Saturday, March 12, 2011

IDPD Demands review of Nuclear Power Policy of the Indian Government

12 March 2011

Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed deep sorrow and grief at the devastation caused by Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan. The blast at the Nuclear Power Plant is very shocking and vindicates the stand of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and IDPD that nuclear power plants are a potential threat of radiation. We have been persistently demanding that the option of producing electricity from nuclear power is dangerous and expensive. The world still remembers the Chernobyl nuclear accident where about 93000 people are reported to have died. Health of liquidators (cleanup workers) engaged in the job of cleaning the area is a matter of serious concern even today. An accident in a nuclear power plant is almost like an atomic explosion with serious consequences on flora & fauna and ecology. We demand that the Indian government should review its nuclear power policy and use other safe renewable options for power generation which are available in abundance in our country. Japan has the best disaster management capacity but in contrast our country's track record in disaster management is extremely dismal.

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