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Japan / High Court Orders Shikoku Electric To Halt Operation Of Ikata-3

By David Dalton
17 January 2020

Concerns over safety in event of eruption at nearby Mount Aso
High Court Orders Shikoku Electric To Halt Operation Of Ikata-3
The Ikata nuclear power station in southwest Japan.
The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Company to suspend operation of the Ikata-3 nuclear power unit in Ehime Prefecture, southwest Japan, because the company’s preparations for a potential eruption of a nearby volcano, Mount Aso, are inadequate.

The utility had claimed the reactor is safe to run because operators would have enough advance warning of an eruption to take safety measures.

The ruling marks the second time the high court has ordered a halt of Ikata-3.

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