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BNPP revival needs thorough study – Leni

The revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to address the power crisis would need thorough study and consultations with the energy sector and agencies, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo said yesterday.

“If we recall that it was constructed before, but it was stopped because of the several oppositions,” Robredo told reporters in Filipino in an ambush interview in Naga City.

The Vice President returned to her hometown for the closing activities of the Peñafrancia Festival where she graced the start of the regatta boat race in Dinaga. She then attended the “Kaya Mo Ba Ito” event at the Naga City People’s Hall.

Speaking to reporters, the former Camarines Sur congresswoman said she is not against any moves to study the revival of the mothballed BNPP project.

“If the decision is to revive it, the decision should be met after thorough study. This, it seems, is what they are doing,” said Robredo.

The government, she said, should further study the use of the 620-megawatt power plant because it has pros and cons. “There is a current shortage of power supply so its revival would do us good or harm?” the Vice President asked. (Raymund F. Antonio)