Pakistan approves nuclear power plant construction

Pakistan approved the construction of two nuclear power plants near Karachi for $10 billion.
 
The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) granted approval of the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and authorized the construction of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant 2 (KANUPP-2) and KANUPP-3, according to Energy Business Review. However, several civil society groups have reportedly voiced concerns over the plant’s proximity to the city and lack of a proper evacuation plan. The current evacuation plan is a 5-km (3.1-mile) radius of the plant, and a new EIA has not been created to expand that radius, the article said. SEPA said a contingency plan must be in place 24-hours a day to handle any emergency, but construction can more forward.
 
The reactors would generate about 1,100 MW each of electricity.
 
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