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Anti-nuclear power group opposes possible rehab of Bataan plant

/ 06:31 PM May 25, 2022
Anti-nuclear power group opposes possible rehab of Bataan plant

FILE PHOTO: Noted geologist Kelvin Rodolfo says the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant that the Duterte administration plans to activate a few years ago sits on an active earthquake fault, is located near the Manila Trench-Luzon Trough, and stands in the shadow of a volcano. INQUIRER/LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines — The Nuclear-free Bataan Movement on Wednesday opposed the possible rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

“Mapanganib ‘yung pagkakatayo at mismong nuclear power plant ay hindi siya magandang source ng energy dahil unang-una, ‘yung usapin ng radioactive waste,” Derek Cabe, the province-wide network’s Coordinator Community Organizer, said over ABS-CBN News.

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(The location of the plant is dangerous and nuclear power plants, in general, are not a good source of energy because of its radioactive waste.)

READ: Safety issues hound BNPP revival plan

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She also noted the possibility of further increasing the country’s already piled-up debt to accommodate the expenses for BNPP’s restoration.

“Ngayon, napakadami nating utang…tapos uutang na naman tayo para sa rehabilitation.”

(The country already has so much debt…and now, we’ll borrow more just for rehabilitation.)

READ: Salceda: P12-trillion debt awaits new admin

Cabe also cited former nuclear accidents in the Three Mile Island in the United States, Chernobyl in Ukraine, and Fukushima in Japan to stress the potential dangers of adopting nuclear power in the Philippines.

“Sabi rin nila sa Three Mile Island, safe. Pero iyon nga, safety is a myth…Kung sana natuto na sila sa Three Mile Island, sana wala nang Chernobyl. Hindi pa sila natuto sa Chernobyl, nagkaroon pa ng mas malaking problema dito sa Fukushima,” she said.

The BNPP, a failed attempt of the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. to endeavor nuclear energy, has been a hotspot for criticism, especially since it is located near volcanoes and a fault line.

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The talk about BNPP’s revival resurfaced after presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. mentioned the possibility of tapping power experts to look into BNPP and determine if it can still be reopened or if a new one should be constructed.

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