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High Court Orders Shikoku Electric to Halt Ehime Nuclear Reactor

Power News - Published on Thu, 23 Jan 2020

Image Source: Ehime Nuclear Reactor
The Hiroshima High Court has revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Co to suspend a reactor it operates in the western Japan prefecture of Ehime. The ruling marks the second time that the high court has ordered a halt of the No 3 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant, dealing a blow to the government and utilities aiming to bring more reactors back online. In making its decision, the court considered whether the operator and the Nuclear Regulation Authority's rules and risk estimates for an eruption of Mt. Aso, about 130 kilometers away, were adequate.

Three residents of nearby Yamaguchi Prefecture were appealing a decision last March by the Iwakuni branch of the Yamaguchi District Court. The lower court ruled the plant could continue operations since the possibility of a large-scale eruption occurring during the reactor's operating life was low, and the regulatory authority's safety standards were adequate.

A previous order forcing a halt to operations was issued by the Hiroshima High Court in December 2017, citing the risk of an eruption of Mt Aso. The same high court overturned the decision in September 2018 on appeal and the utility restarted the reactor a month later.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Thu, 23 Jan 2020
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