Supreme Court directs NPCIL to set up safe storage facility of radioactive spent nuclear fuel at Kudankulam


Supreme Court directs NPCIL to set up safe storage facility of radioactive spent nuclear fuel at Kudankulam

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to set up a facility for safe storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in by April 2022 and rejected a plea to shut down the plant until an Away From Reactor facility is built.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the corporation, that the deadline for setting up of the storage facility be extended till April 30, 2022. The order came on a petition by the NGO Poovulagin Nanbargal.

In 2013 too, the court had directed the central government to construct an AFR facility and to ensure that all the safety precautions recommended by the apex court is followed within five years. The time limit granted ended in May 2018, following which the NGO approached the court seeking orders to shut down the plant citing environmental concerns. Read More

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