By: Alena Mae S. Flores
Manila Standard Today
“Petilla said nuclear “is one of the possible resource” that could help secure the country’s power needs and assured that nuclear would be given “a level playing field” in determining its viability as a fuel source.”
The Energy Department is pushing for the creation of a nuclear regulatory body that will decide on the fate of the mothballed 620-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said he wanted the body to decide on whether the Bataan nuclear facility should be revived.
“I don’t want to decide on it. We must have a nuclear regulatory body to decide on it because this is a very sensitive issue,” Petilla told reporters.
He said the proposed body would not only address the safety concerns, but also the cost of rehabilitating the facility estimated at $400 million to $600 million “because the structures are older.”
“No one will sell uranium to us if we have no nuclear body. This is a big task,” Petilla said.