Target: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Goal: Stop a nuclear power plant proposed to operate in a coastal area prone to earthquakes.
Sea life, local residents, and a vital fishing industry are in jeopardy from a decision to construct the world’s highest-producing nuclear power station in an area prone to earthquakes and seismic activity. This expensive nuclear plant has been approved without any regard for the environment or citizen health and prosperity. We must speak up against such a dangerous nuclear power station.
Known as the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP), this nuclear station will generate 9,900 megawatts of power, yielding the most electrical power than any other nuclear power plant in the world. The plant is proposed to operate on India’s west coast along the Arabian Sea. The nuclear station will use water from the sea to cool the nuclear reactors and then discharge warm water back into the ocean. This action is alarming to many fishermen in the area. Warm water discharged back into the sea will negatively affect fish species and ultimately alter underwater ecology. To make matters worse, this area has a high probability for earthquakes. If a disaster were to happen, hazardous nuclear materials could destroy this coveted coastal area and its surrounding sea.
The nuclear power plant hopes to use France’s European Pressurized Reactors, a type of reactor not currently used anywhere else in the world. This coastal region will become a test-subject for this new type of reactor. Even if this operation withstands an earthquake, the plant’s nuclear waste raises another question. These reactors will produce 300 tons of waste each year and the Indian government still has no answer on exactly how they intend to dispose of this radioactive waste. Waste from European Pressurized Reactors actually contain four times as much radioactive bromine, iodine, and caesium than the ordinary nuclear pressurized water reactors typically used in other nuclear plants in the world.
We must look for sustainable energy solutions rather than constructing a nuclear power plant that could potentially ruin our earth in so many ways. By signing this petition, you are urging India’s prime minister to rethink JNPP and conduct a proper environmental impact assessment for the project.
Dear Prime Minister Modi,
The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant will endanger India’s west coast. The environmental and social impacts of the power station have been ignored. The power plant is proposed to operate on an earthquake-prone area that sits extremely close to the Arabian Sea. The nuclear station will use ocean water to cool the reactors and then discharge warm water back into the sea, negatively affecting the ocean’s ecology and sea life. The local people rely on the fishing industry to survive and their livelihood is at stake due to your decision to continue with this massive and experimental project.
JNPP will use European Pressurized Reactors, a type of reactor never used before. Once in operation, this power plant will become the world’s highest-producing nuclear plant in the world. The waste produced by the new reactor system will contain more radioactive materials than the average nuclear reactor. The risks seem to outweigh the benefits. If a disaster does happen due to an earthquake or mishap from the untested reactor system, the environment and Indian citizens will suffer. I urge you to rethink this nuclear power station or, at least, provide an adequate environmental assessment of the project. Please take action to save India’s west coast and citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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