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13 Apr 2011

Vikas Bajaj, New York Times

Resistance to Jaitapur Nuclear Plant Grows in India [India]

…Praveen Gawankar and two neighbors began a protest four years ago against a proposed nuclear power plant…as the government forcibly acquired 2,300 acres to build six nuclear reactors…Farmers say that some customers in Western countries have already indicated that once the plant starts operating in 2018, the fear of radioactive contamination will keep them from buying the area’s acclaimed Alphonso mangoes....Fishers complain that even before the first reactors start operating, their ability to navigate the nearby waters will be restricted by security officials...Government officials have said that India will conduct more safety reviews to make sure its existing reactors and new proposals are safe. [refers to Areva]