10 Juin 2016
June 10, 2016
A group of people has asked a court to cancel permits by Japan's nuclear regulator for operating 2 reactors at a plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
The No.1 and 2 reactors at the Sendai plant are the country's only online reactors. The Nuclear Regulation Authority gave the permits in 2014.
More than 30 residents of Kagoshima and Fukuoka prefectures and elsewhere joined the suit filed on Friday with the Fukuoka District Court.
They said the permits should be revoked due to risks of a massive volcanic eruption, and that new government regulations to prepare nuclear plants for disasters are insufficient.
The plaintiffs say the requirements are not based on scientific knowledge about volcanic eruptions, and that the regulator does not fully examine the possibility of mega-eruptions in its screening.
A plaintiff from Kagoshima City says an accident at the plant could cause effects of radioactive substances for decades. She says she wants the court to properly decide whether the facility should be allowed to operate.
The authority has declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying it has not received relevant documentation.
In 2014, another group of residents filed a request to block a restart of the reactors, but a district court and a high court dismissed the petition.