A Japanese court has issued an injunction to suspend operations of 2 nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan. It’s the first such injunction for reactors currently in operation.
Twenty-nine residents of neighboring Shiga Prefecture sought an injunction last November demanding that the plant’s operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, keep the No.3 and No.4 reactors offline. They claim the reactors are unsafe and at risk of major accidents.
The Takahama plant’s No.3 reactor was restarted in January this year under new government regulations introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The No.4 reactor was put back online last month, but 3 days later it shut down automatically for reasons still under investigation.
On Wednesday, the Otsu District Court ruled in the residents’ favor.
Kansai Electric Power will have to stop the No.3 reactor as soon as possible because the injunction takes effect immediately.
The company says it plans to lodge an objection to have the decision canceled.
Source and image: NHK