Court Nixes Petition against N-Reactor Restart in Western Japan

Economy Society

Oita, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--A court on Friday rejected a petition against a restart of a nuclear reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s <9507> Ikata power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan.

The country's new nuclear safety standards introduced after the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are reasonable, Oita District Court Presiding Judge Shigenori Sato said.

The petition, which sought an injunction to prevent the Ikata plant's No. 3 reactor from being operated, was filed in 2016 by a group of residents in Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, located near Ehime across the sea.

On Tuesday, Hiroshima High Court made a similar judgment, withdrawing an injunction that last year ordered that the 890,000-kilowatt reactor be kept suspended.

Shikoku Electric plans to reactive the idled reactor on Oct. 27.

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