Bataan folk firm against nuke plant revival — bishop

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The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) sits at the tip of a 389 hectare land at Napot Point in Morong, Bataan. (CBCPNews file photo)

MANILA, Sept. 1, 2016— An overwhelming majority of people in the Diocese of Balanga oppose the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said community acceptance will be a big issue if the government pursue its plan to restore the country’s lone nuclear plant built four decades ago.

“It is common knowledge that the Diocese of Balanga is completely against rehabilitation of the BNPP. And whole province accepted and agreed. It is a closed case for us,” he said.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi earlier said the government is looking into operating the nuclear power plant to meet the country’s energy needs.

The prelate, however, said the diocese will not change its position against the facility and will counter plans to revive it.

In 2014, the diocese issued a pastoral letter emphasizing that the BNPP would endanger the lives of many people.

It called on the government to instead focus on other alternatives for power generation that are safe and sustainable. (CBCPNews)

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