JAPANESE COURT ISSUES INJUNCTION TO HALT TAKAHAMA NUCLEAR REACTORS
Kansai Electric Power was ordered by a Japanese court to halt operations at its Takahama nuclear reactors Nos. 3 and 4, the first time that an operating Japanese nuclear plant has been ordered to stop. Kansai Electric stated that it will quickly appeal the injunction, but it could be months or years before a final decision is made. The order comes in the middle of efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo to restore atomic power after the Fukushima crisis of 2011; the decision could challenge the recent progress getting reactors back online. It could also add costs for oil, gas, and coal to replace nuclear energy generation. Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, a former government official, explained that the nuclear industry can no longer assume the judiciary will rule in its favor. The Japanese government stated there was no change in its position on safety of the Takahama reactors or on its policy supporting restarting reactors that meet safety standards. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-japan-nuclear-courts-idUKKCN0WB0KF.