Philippine nuclear plant to become tourist attraction
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was completed in 1984 but never brought online.
May 11th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

Philippine nuclear plant to become tourist attraction

Philippine tourism officials are turning an unused nuclear power plant into a tourist attraction, the Philippine Star reports.

The $2.3 billion Bataan Nuclear Power plant was completed in 1984 but was never put into use.

The plant was built during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, but when Corazon Aquino became president in 1986, she refused to open it, saying its location near earthquake faults and an active volcano made it unsafe, according to an Agence-France Presse report.

Tourists will now get a look inside the plant and its intact reactor to see "how nuclear energy throughout the world menacingly threatens the quality of life of the people if handled incorrectly,” Department of Tourism regional director Ronald Tiotuico told the Philippine Star.

“Hopefully, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant would serve to warn the global community of the fallout disaster that struck people in the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima,” the Star quoted him as saying.

It won't be an all-nuclear tour, however. The plant will be a stop on a tour that includes historical sites and beach resorts, the Star reported.

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  1. Rizal

    Good idea Mr. Tiotuico!!! At long last we can repay the debt incurred to build this Mammoth of loans that went to the Marcos families. Just hope the money goes to the right places as well. Hhmmm???

    May 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

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    May 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @Michael: So?

    May 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

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    May 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. you said it

    You said it, Cesar!

    May 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    banasy, none of the Michael posts are me. cesar is playing games again....

    May 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rogelio

    HAIL CESAR! The moderator of CNN This Just In Blogs. HAIL CESAR!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    I’m serious about being sick of banasy getting on here and telling us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and spouting out personal nonsense. And this pollution with her gang of buddies is sickening. They need to go to a chatroom or start their own personal blogs.
    Banasy, you and your sista should go to the library and put books on the shelves. Do something useful for once. Txt or call your buddies. Just get off of these blogs.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Michael: Shut up stupid.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    I can just hear it now : oh yes honey, id WAY rather visit the nuclear power plant than the Bahamas.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @raven: Hi, if you are the real one. 🙂

    May 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    @Cesar; hi, sorry to hear all the BS bout my sista

    May 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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