[Press Release] Fukushima Ocean Leak, An Indictment to BNPP Re-activation- NFBM

Fukushima Ocean Leak, An Indictment to BNPP Re-activation- NFBM


We are Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM), a broad-based network that is opposed to the re-activation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant found in Morong, Bataan in particular and the continued reliance to nuclear power in general. NFBM is opposed to the revival of the BNPP as nuclear energy still remains the deadliest energy source ever invented by man.

This threat to man and environment is further underscored with recent news that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has been found leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.

This leak continues despite measures to chemically-treat the surrounding soil, to serve as barrier to the water tainted with dangerous radioactive materials, according to nuclear watchdog, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.

NFBM condemns the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. or TEPCO for being slow to own up to its shortcomings and quickly address the issue of the leak, two years after the Fukushima plant was shutdown following the typhoon and tsunami in March 2011.

According to reports, ‘highly radioactive water’ from the Fukushima plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day.

“ There must be no foot-dragging, when public safety is at stake, especially since the level of contamination in the sea has yet to be determined, even according to Japanese scientists,” said NFBM chairperson Msgr. Antonio Dumaual.

“ With radioactive chemicals leaking into the sea, fishermen are faced with a radioactive nightmare, as there have been reports that TEPCO found fish contaminated with high levels of radiation inside a port of the plant as early as January of this year,” added Dumaual.

“The nuclear nightmare which has gripped Japan since 2011, should serve as a living reminder to countries like the Philippines and other Asian neighbors who are still toying with the idea of building and operating nuclear plants. Simply put, the risks are not worth it. and it never would be,” averred Dumaual.

He urged the Japanese government to compel TEPCO to clean up its mess, already adversely affecting not only the present but will affect even the next generation, especially since the clean up is expected to drag on for (40) forty years and cost at least 11 billion US dollars.

Monsignor Antonio Dumaual, NFBM Chairperson – 09178679242
Atty. Dante Ilaya, NFBM Co-chair – 09175232683

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