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Reaction Paper - Nuclear Power Plants

Reaction Paper - Nuclear Power Plants

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Published by: Denise Tirthdas on Jan 31, 2012
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Group 6: Carlos Qumipo, Cedrick De Jesus, Samantha Kim, Justin Moran, Jennifer Pierson, Denise TirthdasSenior ± A
³Rationalizing the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant´
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant located in at the foot of Mt. Natib in Morong,Bataan. It started construction on 1976 and was almost at its completion in 1984 duringthe administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos. This was in response to the1973 oil crisis and cost $2.3 billion. In 1986, succeeding President Corazon Aquinodecided not to operate the nuclear power plant because of the recent Chernobyldisaster during the time, as well as, the 4000 defects in the plants design andconstruction, and the disapproval of many Bataan residents and Philippine citizens.It seems that the disadvantages of reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plantoutweigh the advantages that it proposes. It is true that if the nuclear power plant isoperational, our dependence on foreign oils and natural gases will significantlydecrease. However, we have to be mindful that the generating capacity is only aboutthe same a single geothermal plant which is not really much. And although buildingcost of the nuclear power plant was high, the running cost is relatively low due to thefact that only a small amount of Uranium is needed to produce a great amount of energy, but the risk and danger are incredibly high. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant issituated near the doormat Mt. Pinatubo and several earthquake fault lines, and is just100 kilometres from Manila. When Mt. Pinatubo exploded in 1991, the nuclear power plant was left unharmed, but the nuclear power plant wasn¶t in operation. If the nuclear power plant is to be revived, no one knows what will happen to the plant if any seismicactivity were to occur. Just recently, with the very advance technology and resourcesthat Japan possesses, an earthquake has almost resulted in a nuclear disaster andmeltdown of the Fukushima Power Plant.

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