Tamil Nadu may house India’s 1st ‘away from reactor’ unit for spent nuclear fuel


Tamil Nadu may house India’s 1st ‘away from reactor’ unit for spent nuclear fuel

The country’s first ‘away from reactor’ (AFR) facility to store spent nuclear fuel is likely to come up at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. It will store spent fuel generated at the two nuclear power plants at Kudankulam.

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) will conduct a public hearing in this connection on July 10. The Russia-supported Kudankulam power plants are run by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a Union government entity. Environmental activists have condemned the proposal, citing safety concerns.

The decision comes after the Supreme Court, in July last year, extended the deadline to build an AFR facility at Kudankulam from July 2018 to April 2022. Damage can be huge in case of a tsunami: Activists Raed More

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