Sunday, November 21, 2010

To put our safety first-Greenpeace India

Dear ALL,

So unfair! 600 people were arrested in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra for expressing their right to be safe. They were opposing the export of untested nuclear reactors and its consequences in the area[1].

The reactors for this plant are coming from the French nuclear company Areva, known for contaminating sites it operated in, like the La Hague reprocessing facility [2]. These very reactors have not been accepted by US and European nuclear regulators because they do not meet basic nuclear safety standards [3].

Yet again our government is favouring foreign corporations over its own people. A nuclear accident will affect all those living in and around this district. Over 16,000 people have already signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to value public safety. Our target is to get 30,000 signatures on this petition.

Can you also sign this petition asking PM Manmohan Singh stop the import of dangerous nuclear reactors?

The petition says: Put Indian lives above foreign profits -- Stop the import of dangerous nuclear reactors to Maharashtra.

A large number of signatures will help show the PM that the opposition is not confined to the immediate area. This will help make him take action on this issue.

Nuclear facilities operated by Areva in France have contaminated their surroundings, including groundwater. In fact Areva was found responsible for several leaks and instances of radioactive substances being lost.

Inspite of all this our government is keen on letting the company provide technology in India. The government needs to value our safety over foreign corporations interest.

Tell the PM to put our safety first. Sign the petition now.

Thanks a billion!

Photo of Karuna Raina
Karuna Raina
Greenpeace India


1. Nuke power project: 3000 villagers court arrest in Ratnagiri, The Times of India, Oct 29, 2010

2. The French Nuclear Industry Is Bad Enough in France; Let's Not Expand It to the U.S.,, March 23rd 2009.

3. Nuclear power could cost trillions over renewables Scientific American, June 19, 2009

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