Court Rejects Request by Residents to Cancel Sendai Reactor Approval

Society

Fukuoka, June 17 (Jiji Press)---Fukuoka District Court rejected Monday a request from residents in 10 prefectures to cancel regulatory approval of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The residents demanded that the Nuclear Regulation Authority cancel the safety approval it granted for the two reactors under the country's new nuclear safety standards, citing problems with how the aftereffects of volcanic eruptions have been assessed.

Although the NRA judged that the standards were met through screenings based on its guidelines for assessing the safety of reactors in the event of volcanic activity, the plaintiffs claimed that the guidelines are irrational as they are based on the assumption that volcanic eruptions can be predicted with precision.

"At present, there is no established method of precisely assessing the probability and scale of volcanic activity," said Fukuoka District Court Presiding Judge Moriharu Kurasawa.

The judge said "doubts remain" about the rationality of the NRA guidelines.

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