Court Decided To Stop Operation of "Ikata" Nuclear Power Plant Reactor in Japan Based on Demand of Local Residents

Court Decided To Stop Operation of

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A Japanese high court has ordered the suspension of a nuclear reactor in western Japan after local residents filed for an injunction over safety concerns. The Hiroshima High Court issued the injunction on Friday afternoon for the No.3 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture. The plant is operated by Shikoku Electric Power Company.

The court considered the risks posed by an active fault in the area that could cause powerful quakes and a volcano about 130 kilometers from the plant. Before the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant in 2011, nuclear power plants in Japan accounted for about 30%. Currently, eight reactors are operating in Japan at five stations in Japan, and the government expects to continue the policy of partial restart of nuclear power plants in the near future.

January 17, 2020 at 17:15