Fukushima golf course lawsuit against TEPCO dismissed

11/14/2011
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The Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club located 45 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

TOKYO (majirox news) — The Tokyo District Court on Monday dismissed a claim of 87 million yen ($1.1 million) against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) filed by Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club and the management company.

The companies sought reimbursement for damages due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and the removal of radioactive material. The golf club is located 45 km (28 miles) from the Fukushima plant.

Masayuki Fukushima, the presiding judge, admitted in his statement that the turf and golf soil was contaminated with radioactive material as a result of the Fukushima plant accident.

“Since there is no established method to safely handle radioactive substances, conduct decontamination work or disposal of the radioactive material, the court cannot order TEPCO to remove radioactive material from the area,” read Fukushima’s statement.

On the other hand, the judge noted that the golf course measured lower than 3.8 microsierverts per hour, which is considered safe for schools and outdoor activities for children based on the guidelines by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It therefore should not be an obstacle to do business.

The golf club has been voluntary closed since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on March 11.

The two companies immediately appealed to the Tokyo High Court.

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