Protests disrupt India’s nuclear energy plan

Originally posted on Climate Connections:

By Rama Lakshmi and Simon Denyer, September 15, 2012. Source: Washington Post

Photo: Washington Post

Koodankulam, INDIA — It is a protest that not only threatens the commissioning of the largest nuclear reactor in India but also could cripple the country’s plans to satisfy more of its growing energy needs with nuclear power.For nearly 400 days, residents of fishing villages in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have demonstrated against a new seaside nuclear plant here. Thousands marched toward the site this week, chanting, “We don’t want nuclear power,” until police firing tear gas and brandishing bamboo canes beat them back.
“This is now the center of all the anti-nuclear protests across India,” said Anicha Milton, a frail, 30-year-old fisherwoman. “If we succeed here, no new nuclear reactor can come up anywhere.”It took 14 years and help from Russia to build the twin reactors here, and the plant is…

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