Bishop fights BNPP revival

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BALANGA bishop Ruperto Santos on Saturday said his diocese will fight any attempt to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

“The Diocese of Balanga has decided. And the Diocese of Balanga makes a stand yet again. The Diocese of Balanga is against this [move]. And this stand will not change,” Santos said in an article posted at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

He noted that the Church did a research on the issue and held public discussions before coming out with its stand.

The bishop said the BNPP, if revived, will be a threat to life, people’s livelihood and nature.


“The BNPP is not the answer to the present needs of the people. No one is safe from the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant,” he added.

He urged the government to find other sources of power to address the shortage in electricity.

“Because life is so much more valuable to us than profit or money to be gained from cheap electricity or for the selfish needs of the body. We believe that energy can be generated from wind or from water [hydro]or from the sun [solar]that can be studied, tested or harnessed,” he disclosed.

The Department of Energy is conducting a study on the possibility of reviving the BNPP. The P2.3-billion plant in Morong, Bataan, has a capacity of producing 600 megawatts.

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