Saturday, May 13, 2006
High court ruled Rokkasho uranium enrichment plant is safe to operate
The Sendai High Court on May 8th rejected requests by a group of citizens, noting the government's safety examination was "legitimate" and "flawless."The group has argued that government permits to the operation of the Rokkasho uranium enrichment plant should be revoked because the facility was vulnerable to quakes, plane crashes, and they would lead to a severe nuclear accidents.
The the enrichment plant started operation in 1992, the group filed the suit to the Aomori District Court in 1989 against the government permission issued in the previous year.
The uranium enrichment plant currently has the operating capacity of 450 tons SWU.