UCA Statements

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy

01 March 2000

Adopted in Resolution 00.22

Key Statement

The UCA is committed to the development of environmentally benign, renewable energy sources and the cessation of uranium mining. Recognising the complexity of the issues we call on individuals, churches, industry and governments to work together to end involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.


Having regard for our obligation to God's creation, the values of our Church, and our role as an important part of civil society, the Uniting Church in Australia believes that the nuclear fuel cycle continues to present unique questions for all Australians. There are extraordinary hazards that need to be addressed and overcome. We are concerned about the risks to human health, health of the environment, the generation of toxic wastes and the production of weapons of mass destruction. The Uniting Church knows that the cessation of uranium mining may increase the use of fossil fuels, such as coal, increasing dangers of the greenhouse effect and global warming.


Aware of the complexity of the issues, but determined to work for a healthier and safer world the Uniting Church is committed to:

(1) the need for the world to move to end the use of uranium through greater energy efficiency and research, development and implementation of environmentally benign, renewable alternatives;

(2) risk assessment in relation to the nuclear fuel cycle based primarily on the precautionary principle, rather than the utilitarian principle;

(3) the development of models for change in energy use and medical technologies to environmentally benign, renewable sources, which minimise greenhouse emissions;

(4) an internationally-agreed self-funding management plan of all fuel and wastes which guarantees the long term protection of people and the environment;

(5) transparency in all decision-making and reporting by government and mining companies with regard to all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle;

(6) the 1988 statement of the UCA declaring that "the production, possession, threatened use or use of nuclear weapons is a sin" against God and humanity;

(7) the principles embodied in the World Alliance of Reformed Churches document Rights of Future Generations, Rights of Nature;

(8) the participation of churches and ecumenical bodies, nationally and internationally, in calling for the responsible care and use of God's creation, and seeking a nuclear free world;

(9) solidarity with Indigenous peoples in their struggle for full participation in decision-making and harm minimisation in their traditional lands regarding all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle;

(10) welcome and support any actions by government, mining companies and other interested parties to negotiate in good faith with Indigenous peoples.