Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector


FUKUI, Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Tuesday issued an injunction to prevent the restart of two reactors citing safety concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to return to atomic energy four years after the Fukushima crisis. It is the second court ruling in less than a year against reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power, the country’s most nuclear-reliant utility before Fukushima. The ruling is a snub to Japan’s beefed up nuclear safety after Fukushima and threatens to set back government plans to restart reactors deemed safe by the atomic regulator. Kansai’s reactors, located on the coast of Fukui prefecture in western Japan, have met basic safety regulations set…
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