Muslim clerics forbid construction of Indonesian nuclear power plant

Dozens of Muslim clerics issued an edict against the construction of Indonesia's first nuclear power plant on seismically charged Java island, saying the potential dangers far outweighed the benefits. The scholars from the country's largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, acknowledged the plant, which is scheduled to be built in 2010 and up and running by 2016, would help meet the rising demand for electricity. But they declared the project "haram" - or forbidden by Islam - over concerns about frequent earthquakes on the densely populated island and questions about the handling of radioactive waste, said Kholilurrohman, who led Sunday's meeting.