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The Philippines talks with Russia about nuclear reactors

Southeast Asia's only nuclear power plant might come on stream after 30 years of neglect

The Bataan nuclear plant has never been activated and is decaying.

MANILA The Philippines might finally bring Southeast Asia's only nuclear reactor to life, three decades after its completion.

Rust and dust cover the interior of the nuclear power plant on the Bataan Peninsula, west of the capital city of Manila. Unused fuel rods are stored on the floor by the reactor. There is an antiquated phone in the control room, intended to serve as a direct line to the president in an emergency.

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