Koodankulam : connecting the dots

Random jottings on the Koodankulam nuclear issue. Perhaps, not so random.

Compensation fund setup by BP after the 2010 oil spill : $20 billion.

Likely compensation for Fukushima crisis : in excess of $20bn, could be upto $59bn, over $330 million already paid out.

Compensation paid by Soviet Union after the Chernobyl disaster : $1.12 billion (by 1986).

Maximum liability for a nuclear operator in India as per nuclear liabilities bill: $300 million (Rs.1500 crores).

Any additional liability will be borne by the Government of India. [‘Nuclear operator’ in India is usually the Nuclear Power Corporation, a government entity. This means entire direct liability is on the government.]

Nuclear operator can claim compensation from its suppliers based on the individual contract with each supplier.

The operator will not be liable for any damages, if the nuclear incidents are caused by a grave natural disaster, or armed conflict, or terrorist act.

The Koodankulam plant (including the 2 units yet to be installed) may not be even covered by this bill. The actual liability is not yet revealed.

Fukushima survivor’s visa to visit India, revoked.

Tamilnadu Government cleared the way for opening the Koodankulam plant on 19th March 2012; Sankarankoil bypoll got over on 18th March; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced during his visit to Russia in December, 2011 that Koodankulam plant will be up in 2 weeks; Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is scheduled to visit India on 28th March, 2012.

Udhayakumar and 14 associates, opposing the Koodankulam plant, are on a fast that is entering the 9th day today. Neither the government nor the people seem to care.

People are wondering on Facebook and elsewhere, why are there protests against the nuclear plant, in a country where the likelihood of death in a road accident is more. Chernobyl site maybe uninhabitable for 20000 years.

Dr.V.Shantha, Chairman of the Cancer Institute, Chennai, in a pro-Koodankulam ad, said “there is no relation between cancer and radiation”.  The aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster has resulted in 2000 people with thyroid cancer.

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