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Japan court again steps in to block nuclear reactor restart

Worst-case volcanic eruption near power plant must be factored in, ruling says

Residents living near the Ikata reactor rejoice at the ruling with banners proclaiming that atomic-bombing site Hiroshima blocks a nuclear power plant.

TOKYO -- A Japanese court has again overruled the nuclear watchdog agency to stop the restart of an atomic reactor, calling for even greater safety measures and complicating the government's push to resume operations at idled power plants.

The Hiroshima High Court issued an injunction Wednesday to block the restart of the No. 3 reactor at the Ikata power plant until Sept. 30, 2018. The Shikoku Electric Power facility has passed safety screening by the Nuclear Regulation Authority and is undergoing routine maintenance. It was slated to restart in January. 

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