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Deadline Extended to Apply for Exclusive River Water Use at Shinanogawa Power Plant

East Japan Railway Company

March 9, 2010

On March 10, 2009, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) received an Order from the Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism canceling our exclusive use of river water at the Shinanogawa Power Plant based on the River Law, etc., and we have since stopped water intakes for power generation.

Based on the order, we have submitted the following to the Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism:

  • "Report of Results of Explanation of Improper Incidents to Niigata Prefecture, Riverside Municipalities and Concerned River Users" (June 11, 2009)
  • "Report on Documents, etc. Relating to Structures Newly Built or Remodeled Without Permission" (October 27, 2009)
  • "Report on Measures to Prevent Recurrence of Improper Water Intakes at Shinanogawa Power Plant" (February 10, 2010)

JR East had been preparing an application under River Law Article 23 (Permission for Exclusive Use of River Water) but it had become difficult to gain consent from concerned river users by the deadline set in the Order.
This is to report that JR East proposed to the Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that the application deadline based on the Order be postponed from March 9, 2010 to April 9, 2010, and we were instructed to carry out the requirements stated in the instructions.
As a company, we will continue to make every effort to gain the consent of concerned river users so that we are able to apply for water usage permission by the approved deadline.


Overview of Events at Shinanogawa Power Plant


2009.2.13 : Notice of administrative order from Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
     
2009.2.16·18 : Visit to concerned municipalities to deliver apologies
     
2009.3.10 : Order received from Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; water intakes stopped at Shinanogawa Power Plant
     
2009.3.11 : Discipline of personnel
     
2009.4.1 : Establishment of Shinanogawa Power Station Improvement Department
  : Establishment of Shinanogawa Power Station Improvement Office in Ojiya City
  : Establishment of Energy Management Center
     
2009.6.5 : Establishment of Shinanogawa Power Station Improvement Office, Tokamachi Office
     
2009.6.11 : "Report of Results of Explanation of Improper Incidents to Niigata Prefecture, Riverside Municipalities and Concerned River Users"
     
2009.6.18 : Letters sent to people of Tokamachi City, Ojiya City and Kawaguchi Town
     
2009.10.27 : "Report on Documents, etc. Relating to Structures Newly Built or Remodeled Without Permission"
     
2009.11.25·26 : Apologies and explanations given to people of Tokamachi City, Ojiya City and Kawaguchi Town
     
2010.2.10 : "Report on Measures to Prevent Recurrence of Improper Water Intakes at Shinanogawa Power Plant"
     
2010.3.9 : Deadline extended to apply to Hokuriku Region Planning Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism


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