Hontiveros supports calls to realign BNPP maintenance funds to economic programs

Hontiveros supports calls to realign BNPP maintenance funds to economic programs

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros insisted on Friday that there are still unresolved safety concerns with nuclear energy, including the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), such as the potential effects of its proximity to a potentially active volcano and worries about the storage of radioactive waste.

The senator added that she supports calls to reallocate BNPP maintenance funds for economic programs due to unanswered questions surrounding the safe use of nuclear power.

“Radioactive waste will outlive not just all of us alive today but also the succeeding generations. It can prove fatal and cost people’s lives for thousands of years,” Hontiveros said.

“Dahil hindi pa tayo makakampante sa ligtas na paggamit ng nuclear energy, dapat buksan na rin ang diskusyon kung may halaga pa ba sa bansa ang BNPP,” the senator added.

According to Vera Files, the government has paid P64.7 billion for the construction of the nuclear power plant that has never been used, and the country continues to spend P40 to P50 million pesos annually for the plant’s upkeep.

“Kaban ng bayan ang ginagastos para sa plantang hindi naman ginagamit at dapat hindi na gamitin dahil sa mga panganib na dala ng nuclear waste. Sa taas ng mga presyo ng bilihin at sa kawalan ng disenteng trabaho, common sense naman na dapat ang milyon-milyong piso na ito ay napupunta sa pagpapagaan ng buhay ng Pilipino,” Hontiveros said.

(AI/MTVN)

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