Statement by the No Nukes Asia Forum to the APEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting

The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Energy Ministers’ Meeting will be held in Fukui Prefecture, Japan from June 18 to 20. Ministers and government officials from 20 countries will attend. Under the leadership of Japan, it is highly likely that a statement will be issued saying that nuclear energy is a highly effective way of  responding to global warming. Beneath the surface the meeting is likely to be used to promote sales of nuclear power plants. If so, it would be a supreme irony that this is happening in Fukui Prefecture.

Fukui Prefecture is home to 14 nuclear reactors, but there have also been several major accidents. In 1991 there was a guillotine rupture of tubes in the steam generator of the Mihama-2 reactor; in 1995 there was a sodium leak and fire at the Monju fast breeder reactor; and in 2004 there was a fatal accident in which steam spewed from ruptured pipes in the Mihama-3 reactor. These accidents all attracted worldwide attention.
Monju has been restarted after being shutdown for 14 years, but there have been continual problems since then. The people of Fukui Prefecture live in fear of a catastrophic accident.

Nuclear energy is not an effective way of responding to climate change. Rather, the expansion of nuclear energy will obstruct the implementation of the solutions to climate change, namely the expansion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. Furthermore, the proliferation of nuclear energy is linked to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It could lead to increased tension in the Asia-Pacific region in future.

We strongly call on the APEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting to discuss the promotion of renewable energy, including solar and wind, instead of nuclear energy.

June 19, 2010

The Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia 西オーストラリア反核連合
People for Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Flashpoints Project 核軍縮を求める人々/フラッシュポイントプロジェクト

Global Greengrants Fund-China グローバル・グリーングランツ・ファンド中国

World Information Service on Energy (WISE)  世界エネルギー情報サービス

MANUSIA (Indonesian Antinuclear Society)  インドネシア反核市民連合
Sarekat Hijau Indonesia (Indonesian Green Union) インドネシア緑色連合
Muria Institute ムリア協会
FORSMAD (Student Solidarity Forum for Democracy) 民主学生連帯フォーラム
AM2PN (Aliansi Masyarakat Madura Pemerhati Nuklir) 核を懸念するマドゥラ市民連合

Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center 原子力資料情報室
Fukui Prefecture Citizens Against Nuclear Power 原子力発電に反対する福井県民会議
Green Action グリーンアクション
Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs 原水禁
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan ノーニュークス・アジアフォーラム・ジャパン

Energy Justice Actions エネルギー正義行動
Korea Federation for Environmental Movements 韓国環境運動連合
Buan People’s Power Plant for Renewable Energy  プアン市民発電所
Green Korea United 緑色連合
Centre for Energy Alternative エネルギー・オルタナティブ・センター

Network Opposed to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant(NO to BNPP) バタアン原発反対ネットワーク

Ecodefense  エコディフェンス

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union  台湾環境保護連盟
Green Citizens’ Action Alliance  緑色公民行動連盟

Alternative Energy Project for Sustainability 持続可能エネルギー・プロジェクト

Nuclear Information and Resource Service 原子力情報資料サービス