High Court Rejects Petition for Halt to 2 Genkai N-Reactors

Economy Society

Fukuoka, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--A high court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking a provisional injunction to halt operations at two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Fukuoka High Court in neighboring Fukuoka Prefecture rejected the appeal filed by a total of 71 residents from five prefectures, including Saga and Fukuoka, upholding Saga District Court's ruling handed down in March last year.

The plaintiffs claimed that measures taken by Kyushu Electric to ensure the safety of the nuclear plant and safety screenings by the Nuclear Regulation Authority are insufficient.

There are serious flaws in the power company's estimates on maximum ground motions from possible earthquakes and evaluations of the effects of a potential volcanic eruption, they said. They also argued that evacuation plans devised for residents in times of emergency are not viable, while pointing to a delay in the establishment of a counterterrorism facility.

In July this year, the high court rejected a similar appeal filed by a different group of residents.

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