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Intake of Shinanogawa Power Plant Water

East Japan Railway Company

March 27, 2009

After notification on March 10 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau that JR East would receive an administrative penalty in line with the River Act, water intake for power generation at Shinanogawa power plants was stopped.
The administrative penalty prohibits interference with other uses of river water. In April, JR East applied to use river water to maintain the water level required for power plant operations. We wish to thank the parties involved for their efforts in this matter.
Water intake must remain constant to ensure a stable water supply throughout this area. Moreover, because the same facilities normally used in this area also supply water to Shinanogawa power plants, these drainage channels and water tunnels supply water for power generation. As a result, some generators, affected by the mandate, are now operational and generating power (between April 20 and September 10).

We will continue working in earnest to regain the trust of the community and those involved.