JAPAN | Lawyers join hands to stop nuclear power plants

Posted on July 16, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 16 July 2011

from around Japan are joining hands to take legal action to shutdown nuclear power plants.

Over 50 lawyers from 20 prefectures that host nuclear plants convened in Tokyo on Saturday.

They decided to file a lawsuit to stop the resumption of reactor 1 at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture, which is about to be taken offline because of a malfunction. They will also file to prevent the restart of reactor 1 at the Takahama plant, which is undergoing regular inspections.

The lawyers intend to launch a procedure in autumn to stop the construction of the Oma plant in Aomori Prefecture. The project has been suspended since the March 11th disaster.

Similar lawsuits have been rejected in the past, as courts ruled that safety measures did not present any flaws.

The lawyers argue that the government’s current guidelines are seriously compromised, because they do not require plant design to assume an extended interruption of power supply.

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