Greenpeace asks DOE to abandon nuclear energy plans


Posted at Dec 27 2012 04:11 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2012 03:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Environment watchdog Greenpeace on Thursday urged Energy Chief Jericho Petilla to abandon plans on using nuclear power in the country.

"Worldwide, the nuclear industry is declining having failed to establish itself as a clean, cheap, safe or reliable energy source," Anna Abad, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said in a statement.

"Nuclear energy cannot be good for the country as Secretary Petilla claims, because nuclear power is neither safe nor clean. No amount of technological sophistication or safety culture can prepare any country or its people to the inherent dangers of nuclear energy," she added.

This comes after Abad was quoted in various news reports that he is eyeing investments for nuclear power in order to augment the country's electricity supply.

The Philippines' Bataan Nuclear Power Plant has long been mothballed after former President Ferdinand Marcos was unseated in 1986.