Safety of Kudankulam nuclear power plant and impact of its operation on the surroundings

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) is an Indo‐Russian joint venture for establishing a nuclear power station with 2 units (KKNPP‐1&2) of 1000 MWe Pressurized Water Reactors of VVER design at Kudankulam in Tamilnadu. The proposed Power station is covered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, on lines with existing stations like Tarapur‐1&2 and Rajastan‐1&2 built in collaboration with USA and Canada respectively. The project site has the required clearances from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and also by various other statutory authorities in the State and centre. The Government of India constituted a 15 member Expert Group (EG) to provide clarifications on the issues raised by the agitators and allay their fears. The EG has been asked to do this by interacting with the forum provided by the State Government comprising of 2 State Government nominees and 4 representatives of the people.

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