Supreme Court nod to Ku­danku­lam

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THE SUPREME Court has re­fused to de­com­mis­sion the much-op­posed Ku­danku­lam nu­clear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Chen­nai-based ac­tivist G Sun­dar­ra­jan pe­ti­tioned in the apex court to close the project be­cause it failed to ad­here to the safety mea­sures pre­scribed by the court. The apex court had okayed the plant last year and had di­rected the project de­vel­op­ers to com­ply with a list of safety mea­sures be­fore com­mis­sion­ing the plant. A Bench led by Jus­tice K S Rad­hakr­ish­nan noted that most of the di­rec­tions had been dealt with by the de­vel­op­ers and that there was suf­fi­cient time left to ful­fil the re­main­ing goals. Prashant Bhushan, who rep­re­sented Sun­dar­ra­jan in the court, ar­gued that a team headed by a for­mer chair­per­son of the Atomic En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Board be con­sti­tuted to ex­am­ine whether the court di­rec­tions are be­ing prop­erly im­ple­mented. But the court re­jected the de­mand.

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