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Saturday 23 August 2014

US sailors sue over 'radiation sickness'

Danielle Demetriou and Peter Foster

Published 08/02/2014 | 02:30

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Fukushima nuclear power plant
Fukushima nuclear power plant

DOZENS of American sailors who assisted Japan during the 2011 nuclear disaster are suing the operators of Fukushima power plant for £612m in damages, claiming that they have become sick from radiation exposure.

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

As they helped rescue victims, the claimants allege that they drank, bathed and waded through water contaminated with radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant.

A total of 79 named claimants allege that over the past three years, they have suffered from serious health issues as a result of radiation exposure from the plant, ranging from an array of cancers to fertility problems.

The sailors, whose claim was submitted to San Diego District Court in California, are suing Tokyo Electric Power Plant, the Fukushima operator, for negligence. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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