Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 man their brooms during a counter-measure wash down on the flight deck.  — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas A. Groesch

via UT San Diego / December 28, 2012 /

Eight sailors who were aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan during the Fukushima nuclear disaster have sued the Japanese company that owns the power plant, claiming they were damaged by the plant’s radiation.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, covered up how much radiation was being released during and after the March 11, 2011 disaster, the lawsuit alleges. The U.S. government unwittingly sent the Ronald Reagan into dangerous levels of radiation as a result, states the lawsuit, filed in San Diego federal court on Dec. 21. The ship assisted in humanitarian operations in the region.

As a result of the radiation exposure the sailors experienced “great physical pain and mental anguish”, require therapies such as chelation and bone marrow transplants, and have had their lives shortened, the lawsuit states. It accuses Tepco of negligence, fraud, and deceptive business practices, and other legal violations.

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