Greenpeace statement on DOT plans to turn BNPP into a tourist attraction

Press release - May 13, 2011
"Greenpeace applauds the decision to turn the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a monument to remind people of the inherent dangers of nuclear power. We believe the Department of Tourism (DOT) has found the best use for the BNPP. The tragedies in Chernobyl and Fukushima are a testament to how human society continues to suffer because of nuclear power. And even if the BNPP never became operational, its tainted history is a hard lesson on how the pursuit of nuclear power has been a gargantuan and unjust burden on Filipinos.

"This should also serve as an impetus for the Philippine government to move forward and strike out all nuclear options and launch the country full speed into a future powered by renewable energy," said Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

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Contact Information:

Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +63 917 584 9663,

JP Agcaoili, Media Campaigner, +63 917 631 2750, +63 2 3321807 loc 121,

Notes for Editors:

DOT Region III Director Ronald Tiotuico announced Monday that the plant will be included in a tour package as a “reminder of how nuclear energy throughout the world menacingly threatens the quality of life of the people if handled incorrectly."

The tour package also includes historical sites and beach resorts in the Bataan area.

Construction of the nuclear plant was initiated by former President Ferdinad Marcos in response to the 1973 oil crisis.

The building of the plant began in 1976 and was completed in 1984 at a cost of US$2.3 billion.  To this day, Filipino taxpayers continue to pay PHP40 million annually for its upkeep.

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