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Indonesia is not ready to build nuclear power plants due to human resources issues and public opposition, Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said.
Gusti’s statement comes as the National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) insists on going ahead with its nuclear plant program despite mounting opposition.
Minister Gusti argued that nuclear power plants should be the last resort since the country still had several energy options.
Batan head Hudi Hastowi has insisted that the office would go ahead with the plan since it had been mandated by law.
He said his office would implement Law No. 17/2007 on the long-term development plan stipulating, among other things, energy issues and the 2006 presidential regulation on the national energy policy.
The presidential regulation stipulates that 2 percent of the country’s total demand for energy should be met by nuclear power plants from 2025.
“We have already missed the first deadline to start operating nuclear plants in 2017. We don’t want another setback,” Hudi told the Post.
“We could not imagine if a nuclear incident such as in Japan, a country with very good technology and preparedness in facing disaster, were to happen in Indonesia,” he said.
...Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) member Andrie Wijaya warned that corruption in the government could put the development of a nuclear power plant at risk.
He said the government was not ready in terms of good governance.
Within hours of the blast at the Japanese nuclear plant, Rep. Edward J. Markey, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, called on the Obama administration to impose a moratorium on building new reactors in seismically active areas and to require those already in earthquake-prone zones to be retrofitted with stronger containment systems. He also called for a thorough investigation of whether design flaws contributed to the Japanese accident. Twenty three reactors in the U.S. use the same design parameters as Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant. - source
Common sense prevails in Indonesia.