[Bloomberg] Tepco Sued by U.S. Sailors Exposed to Radiation

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By Joe Schneider – Dec 27, 2012 10:24 AM GMT+0200
The sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier were involved in disaster relief operations following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that caused the meltdown, according to the complaint filed in U.S. federal court in San Diego on Dec. 21.
Tepco, as the Japanese utility is known, and the Japanese government conspired to create the false impression radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant didn’t pose a threat to the sailors, according to the complaint. As a result the plaintiffs rushed into areas that were unsafe and too close to the power plant, exposing them to radiation, the sailors’ lawyers said.
The sailors each sought $10 million in damages, $30 million in punitive damages and a judgment requiring the creation of a $100 million fund to pay for their medical monitoring and treatments.

“We can’t comment as we have not received the complaint document yet,” Yusuke Kunikage, a Tepco spokesman, said by phone today. “We will consider a response after examining the claim.”
The case is Lindsay R. Cooper against Tokyo Electric Power Co. 12-cv-3032. U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).

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[Bloomberg] Tepco attaqué en justice par des marins américains exposés à la radioactivité

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Par  Joe Schneider – 27 décembre 2012 à 10:24 AM GMT+0200
Les marins du porte-avion nucléaire USS Ronald Reagan sont intervenus dans les opérations de secours suivant le séisme et le tsunami du 11 mars 21011 au nord-est du Japon et ayant provoqué les fusions de réacteurs, selon la plainte déposée à la cour fédérale américaine de San Diego le 21 décembre.
Tepco, connue pour être l’exploitant de la centrale, et le gouvernement japonais ont conspiré pour donner la fausse impression que les fuites radioactives de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Dai-Ichi ne menaçaient pas les marins, selon la plainte. En conséquence, les plaignants se sont rués dans des zones qui n’étaient pas saines et trop près de la centrale nucléaire, s’exposant ainsi à la radioactivité, déclarent les avocats des marins.
Les marins demandent chacun 10 millions de dollars d’indemnisation, 30 millions de dollars de dommages et intérêts et un jugement exigeant la création d’un fond de 100 millions de dollars pour payer les examens médicaux et les traitements.

“Nous ne pouvons pas faire de commentaire car nous n’avons pas encore reçu le document de la plainte”, a déclaré aujourd’hui par téléphone M. Yusuke Kunikage, un porte-parole de Tepco. “Nous envisagerons une réponse lorsque nous aurons reçu la plainte.”
L’affaire est référencée sous le nom Lindsay R. Cooper contre Tokyo Electric Power Co. 12-cv-3032. U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).

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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


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