The Bataan nuclear power plant was built in the 1970s but never generated electricity. President Bongbong Marcos Jr. is considering activating it now, but many are skeptical.

Congressman Mark Cojuangco has been advocating for the plant’s reopening for over a decade. Recently, he took a group of reporters on a tour of the facility. The reactor’s containment structure is lined with 30 mm of thick welded steel, and its walls are made of 1.5 m of thick concrete, making it one of the most robust nuclear power plants in the world. Cojuangco is confident in the quality of the plant’s infrastructure, but there is still a question about whether a 38-year-old nuclear power plant can be safely started up after never being used. President Marcos Jr. sees the plant as unfinished business from his father’s administration and is exploring the possibility of reactivating the facility. However, there are concerns about the potential risks and benefits of nuclear power. While some argue that the Bataan nuclear power plant could provide a valuable source of clean energy, others see it as an unnecessary risk.

The government will decide if the Bataan nuclear power plant should be used based on its safety and infrastructure. Its future will continue to be debated as the world looks for sustainable energy.