Activists file lawsuit to try to stop restart of Japanese nuclear plant
A TEPCO worker explains the situation at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in February.
March 12th, 2012
05:26 AM ET

Activists file lawsuit to try to stop restart of Japanese nuclear plant

Scores of Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit Monday in an effort to block the restarting of a nuclear power facility as tensions remain over atomic energy in the country a year after the Fukushima Daichi disaster.

The suit, filed at Osaka District Court by a group of 259 citizens, seeks an injunction to stop the company Kansai Electric from bringing its nuclear power plants Oi Unit 3 and 4 back online, according to Green Action, an organization that campaigns against nuclear energy in Japan.

The Kansai Electric facility in question is in the central prefecture of Fukui.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was knocked offline after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. That resulted in a meltdown of three reactors, with radiation leaking into the air and contaminated water spilling into the sea.

While no deaths were attributed to the nuclear crisis - the worst since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster - more than 100,000 people remain displaced from the towns where its fallout settled.


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soundoff (7 Responses)

    what are they scared of? every one knows there wont be another tsunami for 100 years now...

    March 12, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • T.S. Garp

      What are the chances of this happening again? We'll be safe here.

      March 12, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ah, a John Irving reference.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. bananasy©

    I do *not* blame them.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Maybe we should send our tar sands crude there, so they don't need to use nuclear energy.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now, that made me laugh!

      March 12, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. ♔Mmmmm♕

    speaking of polar bear...i had this daquirie concoction made with 5 shots of peach snapps and Asti Spumante blended with crush ice...scary thang bout this drank ya couldn't taste the alcohol and it felt like i was drinkin peach water....then i got t'thinkin bout my liver and said bro' i can't do you I stepped away from dah rest...

    March 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |