Sunday, February 9, 2014

US Navy Sailors Seek £600m Damages From The Owners Of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant For Radiation Related Illnesses

The USS Ronald Reagan is underway in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, March 12, 2011. The Ronald Reagan has been directed to Japan following a 8.9 earthquake and tsunami to render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as directed. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord

US Navy Sailors Seek £600m Damages From Owners Of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant -- The Telegraph

Nearly three years after the Fukushima disaster, more than 70 US Navy sailors who participated in rescue operations claim that radiation exposure has left them sickened for life

Dozens of American sailors who assisted Japan during the 2011 nuclear disaster are suing the operators of Fukushima power plant for more than £612 million (US$1bn) in damages, claiming that they have become sick from radiation exposure.

The sailors were on board the USS Ronald Reagan super-carrier when it was diverted to northeast Japan following the devastation of the March 11, 2011 earthquake which triggered a tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.

As they helped rescue victims and evacuate disaster zones, the claimants allege that they drank, bathed and waded through water contaminated with radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant and were reportedly exposed to radioactive plumes.

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Update: US Navy sailors sue Fukushima operators for £600m -- Voice of Russia/The Telegraph

My Comment: 79 US sailors have filed in this suit .... and this number is rising. If more sailors become sick .... and I suspect that this will be the case .... expect this to be an even bigger story in the next few years.

1 comment:

D.Plowman said...

If the US government themselves are denying the sailors suffered any serious radiation exposure, then I don't see this being a big story later on in the years if they can't even get the backing of their own government.

This will likely go nowhere.

Take for example the case of Lt.Stevens; doctors can't detect any reason why he can't walk nor can they find any trace of radiation exposure...

I'd put this down to a bunch of sailors faking it, and putting their career's on the line for that much cash.