FEARING the expected power shortage in the country by 2015, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito is pushing for the restoration of the Bataan nuclear power plant to help avert the country’s energy crisis. In a press conference held in Bataan province on Friday, Ejercito said operating the nuclear plant will help solve the expected power shortage in Luzon. He said that the nuclear power plant must be operated “provided it will adhere to all government policies that would not result in any environment-related problems.” Ejercito said he visited the plant recently and he confirmed that all equipment are properly maintained. The senator said his technical staff is now in the process of gathering more data and studies before he makes an official recommendation through a legislative action asking Malacañang to consider the full operation of the Bataan nuclear plant. However, the senator admitted that pushing the operation of Bataan power nuke plant will be opposed by other independent power companies. The nuclear plant was built three decades ago but has never been used and now only serves as a tourist attraction. The plant has lain dormant since it was completed in 1984, during the Marcos regime at a cost of US$ 2.3 billion.