BATAAN NUKE PLANT REVIVAL SCORED: “A CHERNOBYL WAITING TO HAPPEN”

Plans to revive the 22-year old Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) was strongly criticized by Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) likening it to a ’death wish for Filipinos’ that will not genuinely address power problems.

According to KPD Secretary- General Chester Amparo, the BNPP is not a viable and desirable source of energy as the present site and structure is peppered with four thousand defects as of 1985.

“Its pro-foreign and anti-people” added Amparo,“bankrolled by loans which the people have to pay, the electricity that it would generate is mainly for industrial use.”

“Why revive a thing that could wipe out everything within fifty (50) kilometer radius, and seriously harm all life forms within a 200 kilometer radius like what happened in Chernobly?” lamented Amparo. An incident like Chernobly is estimated to affect nearby province of Zambales, Cavite and Manila.

The Chernobyl power plant lies in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. Both countries border Poland to the west and Russia to the east. On the night of 25 to 26 April 1986, the explosion of the reactor in Chernobyl, released one hundred times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In addition to the reactor’s immediate surroundings – an area with a radius of about 30 km – other regions were contaminated, particularly in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

KPD Central Luzon Spokesperson Au Broquil quoted the BNPP Commissioning Act of 2008 provision that the State is mandated to “protect and advance the right of the people to a abalance and healthful ecology…” this is inconsistent as the people of Bataan have already opposed it two decades ago, which precipitated its eventual closure.

“We believe that the present administration is laying the ground work for the building of several nuclear power plants, the revival of the BNPP is a bid to test the piblic’s reaction to the idea,” ended Broquil.

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