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Philippines – A Nuclear Plant, and a Dream that Fizzled

…He added that the most recent viability and safety study on the plant was done in 2008…

….Lawmakers did not offer to restore maintenance funds in the Energy department’s budget, which they can do since they are the ones who will approve the 2014 budget proposal…..


iMAGE SOURCE ; A Nuclear Plant, and a Dream, Fizzles

MANILA, Philippines –

 (The Philippine Star) |

Two Central Luzon congresswomen has asked Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to save the $2.2-billion Bataan nuclear power plant by providing it with maintenance funds.

Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco said she was appalled by the decision of the Aquino administration to no longer provide P45 million ($1,027 260.00 ) for the upkeep of the plant in the 2014 national budget.

She said deciding not to maintain it means junking it to the prejudice of the Filipino people who have paid for it.

“I am disgusted, I am appalled by that decision. That plant belongs to the people, who have paid $2.2 billion to $2.3 billion for it. One or two officials cannot decide for the people to junk it. We have to keep on maintaining it for them,” she said.

She said P45 million in maintenance funds is a drop in the bucket compared to the proposed P2.268-trillion budget for next year.

She added that the nuclear plant would cost at least $6 billion if it were built today.

For her part, Bataan Rep. Herminia Roman said if the Department of Energy is projecting a power shortage in 2015 or 2016, “there is more reason to look into the revival of the nuclear plant.”

She said the government should inform the public of recent studies on the viability and safety of the plant.

Petilla promised to look for funds for the continued maintenance of the facility even if there is no money in the 2014 budget for its upkeep.

“I am not your enemy because I agree with you that we should continue maintaining it,” he said.

He said he was surprised about the administration’s decision to deny maintenance funds for the facility.

“I was not consulted,” he said.

He added that the most recent viability and safety study on the plant was done in 2008.

Lawmakers did not offer to restore maintenance funds in the Energy department’s budget, which they can do since they are the ones who will approve the 2014 budget proposal.

http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/08/14/1086701/save-2.2-b-bataan-nuclear-plant-lawmakers

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August 13, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Kimi Cojuangco, wife of Mark Cojuangco.
    Mark O. Cojuangco is the author of the controversial House Bill 04631 that mandates the immediate re-commissioning and commercial operation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.

    As the main proponent of the Bill is Representative Mark Cojuangco’s presentation at the Congressional hearing on February 2, 2009 came under scrutiny from the Bill’s oppositors for citing Wikipedia articles about nuclear plants in other countries and quotes from non-experts like Patrick Moore, who left Greenpeace in 1986, to argue for the re-commissioning of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

    Comment by dunrenard | August 13, 2013 | Reply

    • great info dunrenard, interesting info on Patrick Moore too! he keeps cropping up on the pro nuclear lobby front..
      thxs

      Comment by arclight2011part2 | August 13, 2013 | Reply


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