(Sankei: December 4, 2015 – p. 2)
On Dec. 3 at the town assembly, Yutaka Nose, mayor of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, expressed his intention to agree to reactivate the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s nuclear power plant in the town. Nose then conveyed his intention to Gov. Seiichi Nishikawa. As the governor’s consent is required for the restart of the nuclear reactors, attention is now focused on whether the governor approves or not. However, now that the Fukui District Court has issued a provisional decision ordering the suspension of the operations, Kansai Electric won’t be able to restart the operations unless the provisional decision is reversed.
All safety screenings by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have been completed at the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant, and the NRA is now conducting the final examination ahead of reactivation. Kansai Electric has plans to restart the No. 3 reactor in late January and the No. 4 reactor in late February. Although the post-trial motion over the suspension of operations has been wrapped up, it has not been disclosed when the court will make a decision.