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Anti-nuke group to stage public forum on BNPP

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 8 years ago

   MORONG, Bataan – The Nuclear-Free Bataan Movement (NFBM) is scheduled to hold a public forum on “The Future of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant” on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Our Lady of Pillar Parish Church in this municipality at 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

   “As countries like Germany, Japan, France among others are slowly abandoning their nuclear programs after the Fukushima incident and working towards a sustainable energy regime, the Philippine government has continued its efforts to push nuclear power as a supposedly efficient and viable energy source,” NFBM Chairperson Monsignor Antonio Dumaual said in a news statement.

   The Department of Energy (DOE) in the last quarter of 2014 conducted a series of public forum and field surveys on the possibility of re-opening the BNPP for commercial use, using the looming power crisis as cover.

   Recently, the Philippine Congress passed a resolution granting emergency powers to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

   Dumaual said the forum aims to review the prospects of nuclear power in the Philippines and to enable us as a community to pursue for more sustainable and efficient energy sources and to unite around a common campaign to shut the door once and for all on nuclear power in the Philippines.

   “With this objective, we are pleased to invite you along with fellow anti-nuclear activists and environmentalists in Asia to join us in this forum as we believe that your experience and ideas will provide relevant input into this very important discourse,” Dumaual added.

   Meanwhile, in previous interviews with the local press here, Bataan 1st District Congresswoman Herminia B. Roman also favors the utilization of the BNPP but she made it clear that it will be used using alternative power sources like coal, etc.

   “We are not against development. But as a father of the province, we must think twice before we decide to operate this nuclear power plant because there are a lot of controversies surrounding this plant. True or not, the controversies are present,” Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia said.

   During the seventies to the eighties, the BNPP was a focal point for anti-nuclear protests. The project was criticized for being a potential threat to public health, especially since the plant was located in an earthquake zone and Mt. Natib, which is said to be a dormant volcano formation, is situated near the location of the plant.

   On February 2010, the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) started evaluating the financial plan of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), assessing that it may cost $US 1-billion to rehabilitate the nuclear plant.

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