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High court orders Shikoku Electric to suspend Ikata nuclear reactor restart

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It’s not quite close enough to the sea.

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Don't keep appealing - fix the problems!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Placing radioactive substances on top of fault lines, really?

Nobody can adequately prepare for an earthquake;it is hubris to believe so.

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Ikata nuclear power station is near the largest fault belt of Japan,it is obvious also on map.

and Japan's earthquake experts have pointed out risk of unknown active fault.

"Most strict regulation standard in the world" "Japan's Nuclear Regulation Committee that has high independency",Japan's cabinet office secretary or economy minister have said so repeatedly but those remarks have no basis.

Japan's present nuclear regulation do not yet consider even practicability of evacuation plans unlike other countries.

Japan has many volcanoes but research system about volcanoes is not yet enough.

Many executives of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Committee are people who came from power industries,they can return to nuclear industries.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

They are concern because it is one of the regions where megaquake might occur.

Beside explanation that it's far from the sea it's like saying tsunami waves won't reach over 10 meters.

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"It's a civil matter and not directly related to the government," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press conference.

OK, scratching my head trying to figure out what in the hades that is supposed to mean.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The court has considered the facts.

The south of Shikoku is extremely prone to earthquakes.

Citing an NPP in this area fails to even consider the law of cause and effect!

Kerp it closed.

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Nobody can adequately prepare for an earthquake;it is hubris to believe so.

Sure they can and they are."

Yes, we gave all seen how prepared Tepco was...pardon our scepticism .

I'm sure Shikoku Electric are, in fact, exercising caution."

Yeah..they are exercising caution about their bottom line, not the faultline that lies beneath Ikata. Instead of launching an appeal why dont they address the public concern and address the core issue of the lawsuit ..." the insufficient explanation why the plant would remain safe, and not pose a danger to residents in the event of volcanic eruptions or earthquakes."

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I meant to write on the southern side of Honshu.However, even the area around Ehime is prone to earthquakes.

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This plant is near the Nankai trough which at some point will just destroy everything and shatter the Japanese economy. Removing the risk of radiation from the DEFINITE disaster planning is a good idea

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marcelito

the insufficient explanation why the plant would remain safe, and not pose a danger to residents in the event of volcanic eruptions or earthquakes."

I'm sure they will present a sufficient explanation in their appeal documents.

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nr.1 in the world... complex which is in Niigata is not producing since when?

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Plus Saudi Arabia is about to bring online a much delayed nuclear power plant from the low-balled bid from KEPCO. I predict this is where the next nuclear disaster will take place, wiping out much of the Middle East. Unless the mother of all quakes takes place again anywhere in Japan and starts another reactor disaster.

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" the insufficient explanation why the plant would remain safe, and not pose a danger to residents in the event of volcanic eruptions or earthquakes."

I'm sure they will present a sufficient explanation in their appeal documents.

Why does it take legal action for them to provide the explanation ?

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Thank the high court for correctness.

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The decisions of these courts seem to swing backwards and forwards, but they must enjoy the power they have over otherwise almighty utility companies.

If you look at the map of Shikoku and Kyushu you can see why the plaintiffs might worry about volcanoes and earthquakes. Ikata sits on a long fault that runs under the sea and right through both islands and has the 25-km-wide caldera of active volcano Mt Aso 130 km (80 miles) to the west, one of the biggest volcanoes in the world.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200117_28/

Quote: "the Median Tectonic Line fault zone -- the largest-class fault zone in Japan which stretches from Shikoku to the Kinki regions -- is an extension of this line. Noting that the seismic activity in Kyushu could stimulate the Median Tectonic Line, some experts underscore the need to exercise caution."

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160417/p2a/00m/0na/013000c

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Just keep'em running. The cheaper the electricity the better for everyone.

Just make sure that tsunami and earthquakes won't bring yet another Fukushima style event next time.

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kurisupisu

I meant to write on the southern side of Honshu.However, even the area around Ehime is prone to earthquakes.

All of Japan is prone to earthquakes. As long as they can show they are prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis, then they should be fine to reopen.

Keeping nuclear plants closed in Japan is fueling the climate crisis.

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It's on the northern part of the island, on the Seto Inland Sea, not the Pacific Ocean. So, it is less prone to Tsunamis. After Fukushima, when they were closed for close to 3 years, they made GREAT improvements. We need the electricity, and need to stop burning so much coal from Australia and Malaysia. Keep it open!

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kurisupisu

Nobody can adequately prepare for an earthquake;it is hubris to believe so.

Sure they can and they are.

nandakandamanda

Noting that the seismic activity in Kyushu could stimulate the Median Tectonic Line, some experts underscore the need to exercise caution.

I'm sure Shikoku Electric are, in fact, exercising caution.

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