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2 residents file request for temporary injunction against Oi nuke plant restart

In this November 2016 file photo, from left, the No. 4 and No. 3 reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant are seen from a Mainichi helicopter in Fukui Prefecture. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Two people from Fukui and Kyoto prefectures filed a request with the Osaka District Court on Dec. 25 for a temporary injunction against the restart of reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant.

Operator Kansai Electric Power Co. is aiming to turn the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, back on in spring 2018.

The restart is already being challenged in four other court cases filed by residents; three in district courts and one that has reached a high court branch. All four are lawsuits, not requests for provisional injunctions. Therefore, even if the plaintiffs win their cases, the Oi plant restart cannot be stopped until the verdict has been finalized through the appeals process.

With the reactors' projected restart just months away, the pair from Kyoto and Fukui prefectures decided to file for the temporary injunction, which would take effect immediately if granted.

Kansai Electric declined to comment on the filing, saying a copy had not yet arrived at their offices.

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