Local residents appeal ruling backing Takahama reactor restart


Local residents on Wednesday appealed against the Fukui District Court’s recent ruling that supported the restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture.

The appeal, filed with the Kanazawa branch of Nagoya High Court, came as Kansai Electric is ready to reactivate the No. 3 reactor as early as Jan. 28 after finishing fuel injection.

In the Dec. 24 ruling, the Fukui court reversed its earlier injunction, under a different judge, against the two reactors’ restart. The ruling said the court does not think the reactors have safety flaws, as they have passed the country’s new nuclear plant safety standards, which are deemed reasonable.

The residents’ lawyers claimed that given the ruling, the Fukui court does not seem to share a view that nuclear accidents similar to the March 2011 meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant must never happen again.

Kansai Electric will continue to seek support for its view that the safety of the Takahama reactors has been secured, a company official said.