This refers to the editorial “Environmentalists vs nuclear power” (Dec. 1). An alternative (nuclear) source of power is inevitable and strict safety standards should be ensured in keeping with the highest international standards. However, what is our experience in maintaining such safety standards? Bhopal is a prime example. Another case would be the thermometer manufacturing unit at Kodaikanal. What is the guarantee that safety prescriptions on the paper will find place in practice?

N. Sekar,

Salem

As many developed countries are relying on nuclear power to fulfil their energy needs, and follow stringent safeguards, we need to ask ourselves whether we can match those standards. The Environment Ministry's view on environmental protection is paradoxical when it comes to the use of hydropower or even coal usage which contributes more in terms of pollution than a nuclear project would.

Surendra Patil,

Hyderabad

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