High Court Nixes Petition for Halt to Genkai N-Reactors

Economy Society

Fukuoka, July 10 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese high court upheld on Wednesday a lower court ruling that rejected a petition for an injunction to halt the operations of two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Fukuoka High Court dismissed an appeal by a group of 173 residents of 16 prefectures, including Saga and neighboring Fukuoka, against the decision by Saga District Court in 2017.

The Genkai No. 3 and No. 4 reactors passed Nuclear Regulation Authority screenings under new safety standards introduced in the wake of the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The plaintiffs' side had claimed that the NRA's method to evaluate the effects of possible earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is flawed. They also argued that the safety of the reactors is not sufficiently secured by Kyushu Electric's measures including against pipeline damages.

In June 2017, the Saga court dismissed the petition, ruling that the screenings were conducted "strictly and closely."

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