Scientists, green group reject Bataan nuke plant reopening

Two groups of scientists and environmentalists on Monday opposed a proposal to rehabilitate and reopen the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant despite never having been used by the government for the past 20 years.

Giovanni Tapang, national chairman of the Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan (Agham), said proponents of BNPP’s reopening should consider the safety, economic viability and sustainability of the 620-megawatt facility.

Tapang said an independent team should inspect every pipe, component, equipment and system in BNPP before allowing Korea Electric Power Corporation to conduct a feasibility study on the facility.

He said even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has cautioned the Philippines not to let “commercial interests take precedence over safety issues” when considering the revival of delayed nuclear plants.

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