U.S. military sues Tokyo plant over nuclear disaster
Cheryl K. Chumley
March 15, 2013
Members of the U.S. military who were tasked with helping Japan with the clean-up and recovery from its 2011 nuclear power leak are now suing, claiming the company lied and downplayed dangers.
The case, which was initially filed with nine plaintiffs in December, has expanded to include 26 — and 100 more are expected to join the suit in the coming weeks, the Stars and Stripes reported. The revised complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in California, Agence France-Presse reported. Plaintiffs are both active duty and retired sailors and Marines, along with their dependents.
They seek $2 billion from Tokyo Electric Power Co., AFP says.
They claim a range of health problems from the clean-up. AFP says plaintiffs are suffering from headaches, bleeding, thyroid problems, cancer and tumors.