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Filipino bishops say Japanese crisis confirms stand against nuclear power

March 17, 2011

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have issued a statement claiming that the crisis at Japanese nuclear power plans vindicates their opposition to the development of peaceful nuclear power. Bishop Deogracias Iñiquez, who chairs the Filipino bishops’ public-affairs committee, said that “what is happening Japan right now has confirmed our fears.” The bishops’ conference has consistently opposed building nuclear power plants.

There are no nuclear power plants active in the Philippines today. One plant, located near the Mt. Pinatubo volcano, was abandoned in 1986 after the Chernobyl disaster. A new plant has been completed at another site on Bataan, but never put in use.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Mar. 18, 2011 12:21 AM ET USA

    I wonder if the Filipino bishops have any comment on the hydroelectric dams which were breached in the earthquake and the consequential loss of life from that failure. Also, for all the "fears" the bishops have, as I write this, the number of people killed in the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility is the same as Three Mile Island - zero. For the plant to have endured to this point after a 9.0 quake and tsunami is a sign many things went right in its design and building over 35 years ago.

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Mar. 17, 2011 9:12 PM ET USA

    If I were sitting on top of a chain of volcanoes, I'd be nervous too!