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Court Clears Way For Restart Of Electric Reactor

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A court in Japan on Friday paved the way for Shikoku Electric Power Co to restart its only operable nuclear reactor, rejecting a lawsuit from residents to close the unit.

The company generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in 4 prefectures of the Shikoku island in Japan and internationally.

The decision allowed the company to restart its Ikata No. 3 reactor on Saturday.

The decision to restart came after the Hiroshima High Court, in late September, lifted an injunction of December 2017 blocking operations of the 890-megawatt reactor.

In line with the High Court’s decision, the Hiroshima District Court in western Japan rejected the lawsuit filed by residents, most of them from the Hiroshima prefecture, the company said.

The reactor has been shut since October 2017 for scheduled maintenance. Other units at the site are set for decommissioning.

 


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