A Japanese high court has rejected a bid by local residents to stop operations at two reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan.
The Fukuoka High Court handed down its ruling on Wednesday.
Residents in Saga Prefecture had filed a petition for a court injunction, arguing the operator underestimated the possible impact of earthquakes and volcano eruptions on the plant's No. 3 and 4 reactors.
The appeal was filed after a lower court dismissed their petition in 2017.
The Kyushu Electric Power Company maintains it calculated the size of tremors and determined a mega-eruption is highly unlikely to occur while the plant is operating.
The two reactors came back online last year after Japan's nuclear regulator said they met requirements introduced following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011. The plant's No. 1 and 2 reactors have been offline and are set to be scrapped.