Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

A Japanese court has ruled that the Oi nuclear plant can not restart. A number of lawsuits have been filed since the 2011 disaster trying to block local nuclear plants from restarting. Kansai electric will appeal the ruling. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the estimations for quake resistance given by the power company were unreliable. The NRA says they will continue their work to screen the plant for possible restart permission. This is the first time since the 2011 disaster that a court has blocked a plant’s operation.

The Oi nuclear plant was the sign of massive protests and a weekend long occupation in 2012 when the government allowed the plant to temporarily restart. Kansai electric has complained they are facing financial difficulty due to their inability to restart nuclear plants. The company is heavily invested in nuclear.

 

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