Residents to file suit seeking halt of Tsuruga reactors via The Mainichi Daily News

OTSU, Japan (Kyodo) — A group of residents from Shiga and nearby prefectures plan to file a lawsuit to suspend the restart of two nuclear reactors at the Tsuruga plant in neighboring Fukui Prefecture, arguing an accident at the plant would contaminate Lake Biwa, their water source, and be life-threatening, according to sources involved in the suit.

Among the plaintiffs’ lawyers is former judge Kenichi Ido, who in 2006 issued the first and only ruling in Japan to order the suspension of a nuclear reactor. The group plans to file for an injunction at the Otsu District Court in Shiga probably by the end of this month.

The plaintiffs argue that Tsuruga’s Nos. 1 and 2 reactors, which have been halted for routine checks, must not be restarted until lessons are learned from the crisis at the radiation-spilling Fukushima Daiichi power plant and inspections are completed under a set of new standards and regulations, the sources said.

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