USS Ronald Reagan Sailors Suffering Radiation Illness
"There is an awful collusion of gross negligence now taking place between TEPCO, the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, which suffered a triple meltdown and the US Department of Defense.
Once again, as with so much that is awry in our world, the exposure to massive liability will keep both parties lying through their teeth until they are successfully sued - and that is exactly what is 51 US Navy crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan are intending to do.
Crew members, many of whom are in their early- and mid-20s, have been diagnosed with conditions including thyroid cancer, testicular cancer and leukemia. The affected sailors are suing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), alleging that the utility mishandled the crisis and did not adequately warn the crew of the risk of participating as first responders to the Japanese victims of the earthquake and tsunami, which took roughly 20,000 lives. There are reports among the 100,000 displaced victims in Japan who dare to speak out about the connection between the non-stop release of of radiation over the ensuing 3 years and their own mounting cases of illness are being threatened with internment in concentration camps.
To further add insult to injury, the US Department of Defense is denying that crew members were exposed to dangerous radiation levels.
Charles Bonner, attorney for the sailors, explains that the USS Reagan, a Nimitz-Class Supercarrier desalinates its own water. Crew members were unknowingly drinking, cooking with, and bathing in contaminated water, due to the ship's close proximity to the disaster site.
The number of plaintiffs in the case could grow significantly, as 150 additional crew members are currently
being medically screened to join. The sailors are seeking $40 million each in punitive damages as well as a $1 billion fund for future medical expenses for members of the USS Reagan.
USS Ronald Reagan sailors suffering radiation illness