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High Court backs restart of Takahama

March 28, 2017

High court allows restart of Takahama reactors

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170328_24/

 

 

The Osaka High Court has nullified a lower court injunction that suspended operations of 2 nuclear reactors in central Japan.

The No.3 and No.4 reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture have been offline since the Otsu district court issued the order in March last year.

The Otsu court upheld claims filed by residents of Fukui's neighboring prefecture of Shiga that Kansai Electric Power Company had failed to fully explain the plant's safety.

Its injunction was the first to halt an online reactor.

Kansai Electric appealed to the Osaka High Court, claiming it has put in place tougher safety measures than required under new regulations introduced after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The high court decision on Tuesday allows the reactors to go back online.

Kansai Electric plans to begin procedures to restart the reactors, including the transfer of nuclear fuel, after explaining the situation to local governments in Fukui Prefecture.

It's expected to take more than a month for the reactors to resume operation.

See : https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/nuclearwatch/courtapprovesrestartoftakahamareactors/

Higher court backs restart of halted Takahama reactors

(Mainichi Japan)

 

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170328/p2g/00m/0dm/063000c

 

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- A Japanese high court on Tuesday revoked a lower court order to halt two nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant in central Japan, accepting an appeal by Kansai Electric Power Co. against the first injunction ever issued in the country to shut operating reactors.

But it is unlikely that the operation of other nuclear reactors in Japan will be resumed soon due to pending legal matters, analysts say.

The decision, made by the Osaka High Court, legally allows Kansai Electric to resume operating the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the nuclear power plant on the Sea of Japan coast in Fukui Prefecture. The two reactors have been idled for around a year.

The higher court said that quake-resistance standards were not overestimated under tougher regulations set following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and that necessary measures have been taken to prevent significant damage of the reactor core.

The latest decision bodes well for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, which has been promoting the restart of nuclear reactors in a bid to bolster the economy by cutting the cost of fossil fuels and exporting nuclear technology abroad.

Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, said at a press conference in Tokyo, "We want Kansai Electric to put top priority on safety and make every effort to obtain understanding from the local government and others involved."

Kansai Electric President Shigeki Iwane said at a news conference in Osaka that his company has yet to decide when to restart the operation of Takahama's Nos. 3 and 4 reactors, pledging to "make safety our top priority."

Iwane also expressed eagerness to push down electric charges as soon as possible after the resumption of the two reactors.

A group of residents in neighboring Shiga Prefecture who won the landmark injunction from the Otsu District Court in March last year are expected to consider countermeasures, including filing a special appeal with the Supreme Court.

Amid widespread concern about the safety of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, the residents in Shiga filed a request with the district court in January 2015, seeking an order halting the two reactors at the plant.

On March 9, 2016, the district court ordered operation of the two nuclear reactors to be halted, casting 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 a district court decision rejecting its request to suspend the injunction order.

In Tuesday's decision, the Osaka High Court determined that the post-Fukushima safety measures were "not unreasonable" because they were devised on the basis of the "latest scientific and technical knowledge" that reflects lessons learned from the nuclear disaster.

The utility has criticized the injunction, claiming it 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.

Kansai Electric removed nuclear fuel from the Takahama reactors between August and September last year given the prolonged court battle.

As of Tuesday, only three of Japan's 42 commercial reactors nationwide are now operating -- the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric's Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, and the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, according to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

On Thursday, the Hiroshima District Court is set to rule on an appeal filed to halt the operation of the No.3 reactor at the Ikata power plant, the first ruling since it resumed operations in August last year.

 

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