Network opposed to the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

and the Con-ass hold various activities

 

June 19, 2009

 

 

   
   
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After Cha-Cha Railroading, Congress Prepares to Rush BNPP Bill

From: http://no2bnpprevival.org/


“Another runaway train in Congress” is how the Network Opposed to the Bataan Nuclear Plant Revival (No to BNPP Revival!) described the looming plenary discussion of the bill to reopen the mothballed nuclear plant.

“After last night's charter change debacle and amid allegations of a 20M payoff to approve Palace-backed pending bills, Congress is now set to commit another mistake as it prepares to discuss House Bill 6300. The people will not forgive the representatives that will pass this folly of a bill”, said Dr. Giovanni Tapang, spokesperson of No to BNPP Revival!

Despite the voluminous studies and strong and widespread people's opposition, Congress has now tabled to take up in plenary session House Bill 6300, the consolidated version of the bill sponsored by Pampanga Representative and House Energy Committee chair Juan Miguel Arroyo. HB 6300 is principally authored by Pangasinan Representative Mark Cojuangco, the main proponent of the bill.

HB 6300 mandates the immediate rehabilitation, commissioning and commercial pperation of the Bataan nuclear power plant. HB6300 also includes a so-called validation study costing an additional 100 million pesos while the rest of the bill is to start the immediate operation of the nuclear plant.

The network chides this provision in the bill. Dr. Tapang asks Congress why are they funding a study whose findings are evident even before it starts. He said that there are already three major studies about this matter done in the past, including the Senate findings in 1986.

"The government should be clear with its priorities. If they are serious in conducting studies to develop the energy sector, they should put the funds on researches in unleashing the renewable energy potential of the country, like geothermal, power in which the country has a high potential ranking 2nd in the world and 1st on per capita basis. At least such a study would have groundbreaking results for the future of cheaper and safer energy sources in the country”, said Dr. Tapang.

The move of the Congressmen to pass the amended bill instead of totally junking it is reflective of the energy policies of the Arroyo administration. They only want the money involved and have no true intentions of developing the energy sector. The people have a clear stand on the issue; let this serve as a warning to the politicians in Congress who allow themselves to be under the influence of prominent figures pushing for this bill that the people will not forget when the ballot starts to speak in 2010,” ends Tapang.

No to BNPP Revival! asserts that the BNPP is not essential in addressing the looming "energy crisis" in 2012. The country has vast indigenous energy resources that we can tap which are more safe and reliable than nuclear power and neither would the operation of the BNPP assure cheap electricity for the people and energy independence for the country.

The network also said that BNPP is defective, almost obsolete and is not safe to operate. There are numerous and significant arguments being raised with regards to geologic hazards, infrastructure integrity, and nuclear waste storage and disposal. Its operation will pose great risks to the health and lives of the people and the environment.

In addition, the fund for the BNPP, to be paid by additional people's taxes and foreign loans, would be a source of corruption and kickbacks for the corrupt officials and cronies of the current administration. Until now, no one has been held accountable for the BNPP corruption scandals of the Marcos administration.

The Network Opposed to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Revival (NO to BNPP Revival!) is a broad alliance of individuals, institutions and organizations from different sectors that was launched in February 11, 2009 with NO to BNPP Revival as the main basis for unity. NO to BNPP Revival! will be holding a Fund-raising Lugawan on June 5, 2009, Friday, 4-7PM in Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman, Quezon City. ###
 

     
     
           
     
     
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A night of songs, poems and dance:

Fund raising event and gathering of friends opposed to the BNPP Revival

     
     
     
     

 

Junk HB 4631/6300 and SB 2665! No to the recommissioning and operation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant!

From: http://no2bnpprevival.org/


You may sign our online petition at
http://www.petitiononline.com/no2bnppr/petition.html



We are calling on the House of Representatives and the Senate to junk the proposed “Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Re-commissioning Act of 2008” (HB 4631/6300 and SB 2665) which mandates the “immediate re-commissioning and commercial operation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant”

The respective bills in the House of Representatives and in the Senate are being pushed with the pretext that the operation of the plant will address our problems on energy and climate change. However, we believe that there is no basis, and it is extremely dangerous and economically disadvantageous to operate the BNPP.

The following are points as to why we are opposed to the said bills:

1. The BNPP is not essential in addressing the looming “energy crisis” in 2012. The country has vast indigenous energy resources that we can tap which are more safe and reliable than nuclear power.

2. The operation of the BNPP does not assure cheap electricity for the people and energy independence for the country.

3. The BNPP is defective, almost obsolete and is not safe to operate. There are numerous and significant arguments being raised with regards to geologic hazards, infrastructure integrity, and nuclear waste storage and disposal. Its operation will pose great risks to the health and lives of the people and the environment.

4. The fund for the BNPP, to be paid by additional people's taxes and foreign loans, would be a source of corruption and kickbacks for the corrupt officials and cronies of the current administration. Until now, no one has been held accountable for the BNPP corruption scandals of the Marcos administration.

5. The BNPP's contribution to the reduction of global carbon emissions would be very minimal as the Philippines is not a top producer of greenhouse gases and energy production is second only to transportation in terms of emissions in our country.

By signing this petition, we urge the House of Representatives and the Senate to junk HB 4631 and SB 2665. More importantly, we call on our fellow Filipinos to strongly oppose the BNPP revival and to demand a genuinely nationalist, pro-people and pro-environment energy policy.

 

     
           
           

 

Network Opposed to BNPP Revival
Press Release
20 June 2009

Alliance calls for a repeat of People's Strike of 1985 against BNPP

The Network Opposed to BNPP Revival (NO to BNPP Revival!) commemorated the Welgang Bayan (People’s Strike) that was held from June 18 to 20 in 1985 that stopped the opening of the BNPP that year. The strike paralyzed the province for three days and forced the Marcos dictatorship to abandon the BNPP project.

"The people's strike is an affirmation that collective action and resolve can put a stop to seemingly unbeatable enemies. This is one of the many lessons that Filipinos must not forget," said Dr. Giovanni Tapang, spokesperson of the alliance.

In a press conference, environmental activists, scientists, professionals , youth, religious groups vow to continue the spirit of activism and unity of those who participated in the massive demonstration against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) 24 years ago.

“The 1985 Welgang Bayan is a monumental event not only in stopping a dubious and dangerous nuclear project but was also critical to the toppling of the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986. This kind of action is what our country needs now, as we face another terror and dictator which is Charter Change (Cha-cha) and Pres. Gloria Arroyo," said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of militant group Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment.

NO to BNPP Revival! stressed that if the project was rejected then, it should be even more opposed now.

“The issues concerning the safety, viability and environmental risks associated with the BNPP are still unresolved. In addition, we have a regime that is intent to perpetuate itself in power through devious means like the Constituent Assembly (Con-ass)." Tapang pointed out.

He noted that under the proposed changes in the Constitution, public utilities, including electric power, will be up for grabs to foreign investors. With a hundred percent ownership of these utilities, electricity rates are bound to increase as operational risks and costs are passed on to the consumers.

The alliance announced that there will be a caravan dubbed as 'Lakbay Byahe laban sa BNPP at Cha-cha' and an 'Interfaith Prayer Rally against BNPP' on June 22 at Balanga, Bataan. The event will be participated by a NO to BNPP Revival! with newly formed alliance of church groups and other organizations and individuals against the pressing issues.

"Cha-cha and BNPP are moral issues that the church people and community need to stand against. The Interfaith Network Against BNPP Revival, a newly formed alliance of different churches and denominations, will actively participate in campaigns against corruption and tyranny as what this caravan is about, " said Nardy Sabino of Secretary General of Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR), a member of the network.

"We are inviting everyone to join in this campaign and in future actions. There is much need for the nation to once again show force to refuse measures that will further weigh down the majority of the Filipinos and unseat those who are behind them," called Tapang.

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JUNK HB 4361, 6300 AND SB 2665!
No to the recommissioning and operation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Network Opposed to BNPP Revival
(NO TO BNPP REVIVAL!)

WEBSITE:
http://www.no2bnpprevival.org/

T: +63 2 9248756, +63 2 4343173
T/F: +63 2 9209099
M: +63 928 6974804 (Dr. Tapang)
E-mail: notobnpprevival@gmail.com
PLEASE SIGN the Petition online:
http://www.petitiononline.com/no2bnppr/petition.html

 

     
     
     
           
Environmental activists join rally against the Con-Ass
           

 

BNPP proposal would prove graft has its way of surviving
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view/20090328-196683/BNPP-proposal-would-prove-graft-has-its-way-of-surviving



BNPP proposal would prove graft has its way of surviving
by NORMA P. DOLLAGA, general secretary, Kapatirang Simbahan Para sa Bayan (Kasimbayan), kasimbayan@yahoo.com.ph

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:03:00 03/28/2009

Filed Under: Nuclear power, Nuclear Policies, Graft & Corruption, Environmental Issues, Environmental Politics

The latest move to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) alarms environmentalists, nationalists, activists, concerned individuals, faith-based communities and organizations. It may be recalled that the BNPP was mothballed soon after it was completed in 1986. The plant was declared unsafe after about 40,000 defects were found in its design and in the manner it was constructed, and after its present location was proven to be earthquake-prone; thus, the location itself poses a great risk to the plant which, if damaged, could pose in turn a greater danger to its surrounding communities and environment. What is so exasperating about all this is that the high cost of erecting the BNPP bled the Filipino people dry of much needed cash.

Let’s refresh our memories: In the 1970s, Herminio Disini, a golf buddy of Ferdinand Marcos, allegedly used his connections with the dictator to ensure that the BNPP contract was awarded to the US firm Westinghouse Electric Corp. and the US consulting firm of Burns and Roe.

The BNPP became a “white elephant.” Begun in 1976, its construction was completed in 1984 only. The original construction cost was $500 million. Its actual cost is estimated to be $2.3 billion.

When Marcos was toppled in 1986, President Corazon Aquino decided not to operate the plant, but she chose to pay the loan with people’s money. Her successors did the same. The payment of the debt, including interests, was completed in 2007.

The treacherous effort to revive the BNPP is being spearheaded by Rep. Mark Cojuangco (son of business magnate Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco), and Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo (son of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo).

Would anyone find it difficult to doubt the intention of the people behind the proposal to revive the BNPP? History does not repeat itself; but corruption has a way of surviving.

Activists, environmentalists, nationalist scientists, faith-based communities and individuals can only keep up their resistance against the revival of the BNPP. We say, “Never again!” We cannot leave the solution of our energy problem in the hands of people known only for their lack of credibility, on the one hand, and for immoderate greed, on the other. Our country is rich in natural resources and we have never lacked in nationalist and people-oriented scientists who can solve the energy problem.

Let’s not allow a repeat of the plunder perpetrated through the BNPP. Let’s not give the corrupt and the greedy powers-that-be another chance to steal more from the people.

NORMA P. DOLLAGA, general secretary, Kapatirang Simbahan Para sa Bayan (Kasimbayan), kasimbayan@yahoo.com.ph
 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     
     

 

100M Validation study will be a waste of people's money, said militant group opposed to Bataan nuke plant revival

The Network Opposed to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Revival (No to BNPP Revival!) slams Congress after the House committee on Appropriations approved yesterday the amended bill of Rep. Mark Cojuangco to revive the mothballed plant, with a P100 million funding to conduct a validation/feasibility study first before commissioning, as part of the amendment.

“The decision of the House to conduct a study and allocate 100 million pesos worth of Filipino taxpayer’s money, just to compromise with the caprice of Rep. Cojuangco and his sinister and unpopular bill to immediately operate the BNPP is like duping the public right under their noses”, said Dr. Giovanni Tapang, spokesperson of No to BNPP Revival! and chairperson of scientists’ group AGHAM.

“Why fund a study whose findings are evident even before it starts? There are already three major studies about this matter done in the past, including the Senate findings in 1986, if only our legislators would bother to study them," avers Tapang.

"It is illogical to conduct another one precisely because it doesn’t change the facts already established, unless of course they intend to do some magic to accommodate their predisposition. Surely, it doesn’t take an expert to figure out that the BNPP is utterly outdated, a jurassic remnant which is tremendously dangerous and economically disadvantageous to operate”, said Dr. Tapang.

“It is a complete waste of funds, especially now that there is a global economic crisis to deal with," added Frances Quimpo, Executive Director of thje Center for Environmental Concerns, Inc. (CEC) "The government should be clear with its priorities. If they are serious in conducting studies to develop the energy sector, they should put the funds on researches in unleashing the renewable energy potential of the country, like geothermal, power in which the country has a high potential ranking 2nd in the world and 1st on per capita basis. At least such a study would have groundbreaking results for the future of cheaper and safer energy sources in the country.”

Dr. Tapang adds "The P100 million can be plowed into renewable energy research. It can also be used to develop alternative bioethanol plants or provide support for energy efficiency practices. At least the results would be something tangible and not a mere rehash to answer a stupid question."

“The move of the Congressmen to pass the amended bill instead of totally junking it is reflective of the energy policies of the Arroyo administration. They only want the money involved and have no true intentions of developing the energy sector. The people have a clear stand on the issue; let this serve as a warning to the politicians in Congress who allow themselves to be under the influence of prominent figures pushing for this bill that the people will not forget when the ballot starts to speak in 2010,” ends Tapang. ###
 

     
     
           
           
           
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