Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he received a statement from Greenpeace International strongly objecting to the transshipment of MOX nuclear fuel between Europe and Japan. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
In a statement received via email, Greenpeace demanded an immediate stop to all shipments of plutonium Mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel. It noted also the danger and risks associated with the shipment of MOX nuclear fuel, including health risks and potential terrorists attack.
“I applaud Greenpeace for continuing their campaign to conserve and protect the environment and to promote peace in the world,” Faleomavaega said. “Their protest of shipment of MOX fuel between Japan and France, exemplifies their undying commitment to a world of peace and to the conservation of the environment.”
“I especially want to commend Steve Shallhorn, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace in Australia-Pacific, for his efforts to maintain a nuclear-free Pacific and for keeping us informed on this latest shipment of MOX nuclear fuel.”
“Over the years, Greenpeace has been a strong advocate for the small Pacific Island states fighting to keep the Pacific nuclear-free. As I have stated in a recent press release and also in a statement I gave on the House floor, the unnecessary and unjustifiable transshipment of MOX nuclear fuel demonstrate the imperialistic behavior of several major countries, often at the expense of others. In my opinion, Japan, France and all nuclear states should keep their own nuclear waste and nuclear materials in their own backyards, and not threaten the lives of others,” Faleomavaega added.
“I hope to continue to work with Mr. Shallhorn and Greenpeace as I consider legislation to put a stop to the dangerous and high-risk shipments of radioactive wastes across international waters,” Faleomavaega concluded.