Thai environmentalists halt public hearing on plans for nuclear energy

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press

Published: February 7, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand: Angry environmentalists demanded Wednesday that
the government halt a proposed plan to build Thailand’s first nuclear
power plants, forcing the cancellation of a scheduled public hearing on
the issue.

“You build, we burn,” shouted some 200 protesters outside the Siam
City hotel who insisted that the government’s 15-year draft energy plan
— which includes a proposal for nuclear power plants — be stopped.

The hotel asked Energy Ministry officials, who had organized the
public forum, to cancel the meeting, saying the protest was keeping
customers away.

The ministry is considering nuclear power as one of its options in the 2007-2021 plan to meet growing energy demand.

Under one option, nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of
5,000 megawatts would be built to supply electricity starting in 2020
and 2021. Other new power plants would use coal and natural gas.



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