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Garcia: Bataan can’t host nuclear plant anymore

Bataan Governor Jose Enrique Garcia III said Bataan province could no longer host a nuclear power facility as it now had critical facilities that didn’t exist when construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong town began.

In a Punto Central Luzon report, the governor said he welcomed the move of the national government to study all options not only on the BNPP but on nuclear power in the country but said Bataan was no longer a suitable location for nuclear power.

“Nandito sa Bataan ang ibang critical industries and facilities na dati 40 years ago ay wala naman kaya sa ngayon mukhang dapat pag-aralan talaga. Una, kung kaya pa ba ng isang 40-year-old plant na mapatakbo at ma-activate muli,” Garcia was quoted as saying in the report.

“Pangalawa, tama pa rin ba na dito sa Bataan dapat ilagay ang isang nuclear power plant considering na napakaraming critical facilities like coal power plants, Bataan oil refinery, mga economic zones, government arsenal na kung sakaling magkaroon ng problema ang nuclear power ay siguradong maapektuhan din ang mga ito,” he added.

Garcia said that Congress and the national government should continue on looking for options that will benefit the country.

He endorsed the idea of the BNPP as a cloud facility center, saying it may become one of the biggest and most efficient data centers, using less energy.

“At the tip of my mind, para lamang na lamang itong alternative kaysa paandarin ang BNPP pagdating sa economic opportunities hindi lang sa ating mga kababayan sa Bataan kundi pati na rin sa lahat ng Filipino,” Garcia said.