Most Thais against nuclear plant: survey

09:57, March 27, 2011      

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More than 80 percent of the Thai respondents disagreed with the plan to construct nuclear power plant in Thailand, according to a survey released Saturday.

Abac poll by Assumption University reported on Saturday about 83.4 percent of the respondents say no to the nuclear plant.

An opinion poll on viewpoint of Thais on nuclear plant project, involving 3,807 peopled aged 18 up in 17 provinces, was conducted from March 1 to 25.

Only 16.6 percent of them supported the nuclear project, said Noppadon Kannika, the director of Abac poll.

Asked about building a nuclear plant in their respective provinces, 89.5 percent of the respondents said no, while 10.5 percent of them had no objection, the director added.

Respondents in Bangkok had the largest percentage of the objection of 95.2 percent followed by those in southern region (91. 5 percent), the central (91.1 percent), the North (90.0 percent) and the Northeast (85.8 percent), Noppadon said.

Nuclear energy is one of the energy sources Thailand is studying as to be use in the next 20 years after the fossil sources are depleted.

As concern grows after the disaster at nuclear power plants in Japan, the Thai Energy Minister admitted that the nuclear power plant project, scheduled to operate from 2020, needs more review.

Source: Xinhua
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