Sailors of the San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan have filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. after reporting radiation poisoning from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At least 71 sailors from the U.S. Navy carrier in San Diego, most of them in their 20’s, provided 4 days of relief after the devastating 2011 Fukushima disaster and returned to the U.S. with Leukemia, thyroid cancer, brain tumors, and other health diseases.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) owns and operates the Fukushima Daiichi energy plant and is being accused of downplaying the dangers that came with the onsite nuclear radiation.
Radioactive water allegedly contaminated the USS Ronald Reagan’s water supply; the same water that the crew members were drinking and using to wash their bodies and brush their teeth.
Paul Garner, attorney for the class-action sailor lawsuit stated to the New York Post: â€œWe’re seeing Leukemia, testicular cancer, and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention.â€
The radiation-decontamination officer that was assigned to the aircraft carrier Reagan, Senior Chief Michael Sebourn, tested the carrier and determined that radiation levels measured to be 300 times higher than what is deemed safe.
Many of the sailors said that they would joke about the radiation, considering that the risks were minimal based on the lack of concern by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Also, one crewmember confirmed that the Reagan does have a multimillion-dollar radiation-detection system, however, the crew could not activate the system quick enough.
Initially, San Diego Judge Janis L. Sammartino dismissed the lawsuit in November but Garner and a group of attorneys refiled the lawsuit to bring justice to these suffering Navy sailors.
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