Views: 1742|Replies: 2

Japan's Tepco sued by US sailors over radiation [Copy link] 中文

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Popular Member 2015 Most Popular Member 2014 Most Popular Member

Post time 2012-12-31 05:15:07 |Display all floors

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has been sued by eight US sailors over radiation exposure.

        They claim that Tepco lied about the threat posed by the leaks after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant.
        The sailors were involved in relief operations after the natural disasters.
        They have each sought $10m (£6m) in compensatory damages and $30m in punitive damages from Tepco.
        The eight, who have filed the case in a US Federal Court in San Diego, also want Tepco to set up a $100m fund to pay for their medical expenses.
        They have claimed that the utility provider created an impression that the level of radiation leaks from the nuclear plant did not pose any threat.
        As a result, the sailors say they went to areas that were unsafe and were exposed to radiation.
        When contacted by the BBC, Tepco acknowledged that it has been sued, but said that it had not received the actual complaint and so was not in a position to comment.
        The lawsuit is the latest setback for Tepco which is already facing billions of dollars in compensation claims.
        The radiation leaks resulted in thousands of people and businesses being evacuated from the areas surrounding the plant.
        On Thursday, the firm said that it now expects the compensation costs to total at 3.24 trillion yen ($38bn; £23bn), up 697 billion yen from its earlier projection.
        The firm has already received nearly 1tn yen in government aid.
        The utility was, in effect, nationalised after the government took a 50.11% stake in the group in exchange for the capital injection.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20856051


Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2012-12-31 06:05:50 |Display all floors
In March 2011, the USS Ronald Reagan participated in Operation Tomodachi, an American military effort to provide aid and assistance to Japanese tsunami victims. The aircraft carrier, which was equipped with advanced radiation detection devices, kept a safe distance from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At one point, the media reported that the ship had been exposed to a tiny and non-dangerous amount of radiation:

“The maximum potential radiation dose received by any ship’s force personnel aboard the ship when it passed through the area was less than the radiation exposure received from about one month of exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil, and the sun.”

The ship was apparently about 100 miles away from the plant, way beyond the evacuation distances recommended by both the Japanese government and U.S. government.

source: Japan probe


Tomodachi my ass "filthy gold digging bastards" is what they should call em.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Popular Member 2015 Most Popular Member 2014 Most Popular Member

Post time 2012-12-31 06:08:21 |Display all floors
Eudaimonia Post time: 2012-12-31 06:05
In March 2011, the USS Ronald Reagan participated in Operation Tomodachi, an American military effor ...

Americans can be very unusual as best.

Use magic tools Report

You can't reply post until you log in Log in | register

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.