Comments: Development of nuclear power
May 5, p. 6: Indonesia has made great efforts to prepare capacity to develop nuclear
power plants. A National Committee for the Investigation of
Radioactivity was established in 1954. In 1957, Indonesia became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (By Hanan Nugroho, Jakarta)
Research the environmental effects of nuclear power plants. You may be surprised.
Nuclear power plants are dangerous when they are not respected for what
they are (remember Three Mile Island), so don’t be greedy.
Indonesia has many other viable energy options, so there’s no need to
risk of nuclear energy. Look what happened when drilling for gas at
Sidoarjo, East Java.
Things can go wrong in all energy developments, but the consequences in a nuclear disaster will be far worse than the Sidoarjo mudflow.
Indonesia has huge untapped oil and gas reserves, and it only requires a more favorable investment climate to make use of them.
The potential for hydro energy is huge, especially in other islands where population pressures are not as great as on Java.
Hydro energy does not have any waste product, unlike nuclear. Which
brings me to another point, Indonesia’s waste regulations will never
allow nuclear waste disposal. So what does the government plan to do
with the nuclear waste?
One concern regarding placing nuclear reactors in Java is the
geological instability of the island. In particular, earthquakes may
severely damage the reactors and cause widespread disasters.
Thus, perhaps alternate locations would be better (e.g. Sumatra), with distribution/transmission lines connected to Java.