Nuclear is safe, perception is the problem

September 18, 2019

NUCLEAR POWER CAN BE A VIABLE OPTION TO INCLUDE IN THE PHILIPPINES’S ENERGY MIX AS IT IS A SAFE CHOICE IN CONTRAST WITH THE PUBLIC’S PERCEPTION. This was what Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Carlo Arcilla said during the panel discussion in this year’s Powertrends on September 3 and 4. Arcilla noted that nuclear power supplies around 20 percent of the world’s power needs, emitting zero emissions. It is also considered as the most regulated industry in the world. “From the emissions side, it is better than coal. The big question in nuclear is where do you put the waste?” Arcilla said. Skeptics of nuclear energy technology points to issues surrounding nuclear power such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, fuel sourcing, the pending decision on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), as well as the waste disposal management. According to EcoWaste’s clean air and renewable energy advocate Rene Pineda, reviving the BNPP might not be a good idea. He said that it is better not to create a “highly toxic problem that our country cannot handle.” “How do BNPP pushers intend to manage, store and dispose of the tons of highly toxic waste that will be generated when we cannot even effectively deal with our ordinary household discards?” he was quoted as saying.

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