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High court orders suspension of No. 3 reactor at Ikata nuclear plant

NHK reported at 2 p.m. that the Hiroshima High Court revoked a lower court decision today and ordered the suspension of the No. 3 nuclear reactor at the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant in Ehime Prefecture, pointing out the possibility of pyroclastic flow reaching the nuclear plant in the event of a volcanic eruption of Mt. Aso. The network said this is the first high court decision on a series of injunctions filed with four district courts seeking to halt the No. 3 reactor, which is currently offline for a regular inspection. The network added that since the temporary injunction will remain effective until it is revoked, it has become highly likely that the operation of the nuclear reactor will be suspended even after the regular inspection ends in February 2018. 


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