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The government’s safety evaluation of an active geological fault when approving a plan to build a nuclear power plant was not appropriate, the Matsuyama District Court said Friday in a landmark, and first, ruling in a suit filed in 1978.

The judgment came as the court ruled on a lawsuit filed by residents of Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, seeking to cancel the government’s approval in 1977 for building a new reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant, and thus to have the plant shut down.

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