JAPAN ATOMIC INDUSTRIAL FORUM, INC.

for Japanese

ATOMS in JAPAN

15 July, 2016

Otsu District Court Once More Rules against Operation of Takahama-3 and -4

Once more, Japan's Otsu District Court has ruled—as it had in March—against the operation of the Takahama-3 and -4 Nuclear Power Plants (PWRs, 870MWe each), owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) in Fukui Prefecture. As a result, the two reactors remain idle and cannot be restarted.

Takahama-3&4

Earlier, on March 9, the Otsu District Court ruled against operation of the two reactors in a case dealing with the request for a temporary injunction. That was the first judicial decision prohibiting the operation of NPPs that were online at the time. Kansai EP filed an objection to the ruling, requesting that the injunction be lifted. District Court Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto, who had issued the ruling in March, heard again from both the power company and the anti-nuclear citizens.

On July 12, the judge rejected Kansai EP’s request, arguing that as the cause of the Fukushima Daiichi accident had not yet been “explained fully,” the approval given by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for the reactors’ compatibility with new regulatory standards could not be deemed a guarantee of their safety. He thus ruled against the reactor’s operations, just as he had in March.

Consequently, a situation continues to exist wherein the two units cannot be restarted. Kansai EP, anticipating that this will remain the case for an extended period, will begin removing nuclear fuel from the reactor cores next month. It also filed an appeal of the decision to the Osaka High Court on July 14.

Upon receiving the latest ruling, Kansai EP released a statement, saying, “We are very disappointed that our arguments were not understood. We strongly disagree with the decision.” The power company went on to say, “We will immediately take action against the decision and make our best effort to argue and prove the safety of the Takahama-3 and -4 NPPs so that the order of provisional disposal will be withdrawn as soon as possible.”

Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

SNS facebooktwitter

NPPs Map

Video

Grossi on Fukushima: Marking a Decade Since the Accident

10 March, 2021
Grossi on Fukushima: Marking a Decade Since the Accident04:11

Recent News

4 May, 2021
【54th JAIF Annual Conference】Session 2: “Onward in the Reconstruction of Fukushima”
27 April, 2021
【54th JAIF Annual Conference】Session 1: “Global Challenges Toward a Decarbonized Society”
19 April, 2021
【54th JAIF Annual Conference】Chairman Imai Says “Continuation of Nuclear Power is Essential”
16 April, 2021
Nuclear Energy Subcommittee Hears Opinions on Technological Infrastructure from Representatives of Industry
13 April, 2021
Remarks by JAIF Chairman Imai Takashi at the 54th JAIF Annual Conference
8 April, 2021
JGC Holdings Announces Participation in SMR Development by NuScale Power in the U.S.
19 March, 2021
NRA Approves Draft Review Report on Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility at Genkai NPPs
17 March, 2021
Nippon Foundation Surveys Young People on Decarbonization Awareness
12 March, 2021
President Kobayakawa Addresses TEPCO Employees to Mark Tenth Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi Accident
3 March, 2021
Challenged by Rubble, TEPCO Completes Removal of Spent Fuel Assemblies from Pool at Fukushima Daiichi-3 NPP
▲TOP