Critique of EIA Report of Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Project Proposed in Gujarat

Westinghouse, the company proposed for building up the reactor for the project is not known to have experience of working at coastal sites as well as the Saurashtra region where the plant is proposed has erratic rainfall and thus thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with potential for large scale disasters cannot be ruled out, are among some of the issues highlighted in a recent critique of the EIA Report of Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Project.

This is a project proposed on the western coast of the Gulf of Khambhat in Gujarat. It will use 4.25% enriched uranium as their fuel and will use the sea water for their condenser and primary cooling purposes. The reactors, AP-1000, are designed to produce a net power output of 1117 MWe.

The Critique is titled ‘Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Project EIA and the “selective Environmental Blindness” of the EIA Consultant’ authored by V.Pugazhenthi, V.T.Padmanabhan, R.Ramesh for People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), Paryavaran Surraksha Samiti. Some highlighted issues are listed below. 

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Public Hearing for a Leather Complex in Andhra Pradesh Concluded, Is It?

Krishnapatnam International Leather Complex (KILC) is proposed on 538 acres of land at Kothapatnam in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh State of India.

A Rapid review of the draft EIA Report reveals that it is not fully in compliance with the ‘Terms of Reference’ issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and does not follow the Technical EIA Guidance Manual for Leather/Skin/Hide Processing Industry. There are several issues with the EIA Report e.g. no detailed study on impacts on marine eco-system due to disposable of waste water; no detailed disaster management plan or risk assessment from the proposed Complex; it doesn’t take into account the presence of water bodies at the site and it also does not take into account the presence of plantation of cashew by Vana Shamrakshana Samiti. The Report is silent on the livelihood impact as the agriculture would be disturbed in the surrounding areas. Also, there are proposals for setting up of Thermal Power Projects in Nellore district which will have serious cumulative environmental impacts in the district.  

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Half a million trees proposed to be felled in 15 projects

Half a million trees proposed to be felled in 15 projects under consideration of Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of MoEF in 20- 21 February 2013 meeting.

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