Japan court rejects appeal, keeps ban on restarting 2 nuclear reactors

June 18, 2016 1:51 am 

OTSU, Japan, June 17 — A Japanese court kept its ban on operation of two nuclear reactors at the Takahama power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Friday by rejecting the plant operator's request to suspend an injunction it had issued over the reactivated reactors.

The Otsu District Court's decision concerns the injunction issued in March over the Nos. 3 and 4 units at the Kansai Electric Power Co. plant that marked a major setback for the government's push to ramp up nuclear power generation. Local residents had filed for the injunction on safety concerns.

In Friday's decision, the court said it "cannot conclude that (the reactors) are safe, merely because they have met new regulatory standards on nuclear power plants." New, more stringent safety rules were introduced in 2013 in the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011. (PNA/Kyodo)

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