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Higher court cancels injunction halting Takahama reactors

  • March 28, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 15:11
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The Osaka High Court on Tuesday revoked an injunction that halted operation of two nuclear reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama power plant in central Japan.

 

The high court accepted an appeal filed by the utility to invalidate the Otsu District Court’s injunction in March last year. That court ordered a halt to operation of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of the plant in Fukui Prefecture as requested by residents in a neighboring prefecture.

 

The district court order was the first of its kind that halted operating reactors.

 

Amid widespread concern about the safety of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, a group of residents in Shiga Prefecture filed a request with the Otsu District Court in January 2015, seeking an order halting the two reactors operating at the plant on the Sea of Japan coast.

 

On March 9, 2016, the district court ordered operation of the two nuclear reactors halted, expressing doubts about the utility’s safety measures and Japan’s post-Fukushima nuclear regulations set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

 

Last July, Kansai Electric filed an appeal against the district court decision rejecting its request to suspend the injunction order.

 

The utility has criticized the injunction, claiming the ruling was not an objective judgment based on scientific knowledge. It also says the injunction is costing the utility 200 million to 300 million yen ($1.8 million to $2.7 million) more per day to generate power from other fuel.

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