Stars & Stripes, Oct. 30, 2014: A US federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit filed by about 200 Navy sailors and Marines can proceed against [TEPCO, GE, EBASCO, Toshiba & Hitachi]…. “It is not over, but we have won the major battle,” lawyer Charles Bonner wrote… “THANK GOD!!!!!” responded Lindsay Cooper, the first USS Ronald Reagan sailor to come forward… [The] ruling was a bit of a surprise… [Sailors] alleged that TEPCO’s misinformation coaxed US forces closer… More ailing servicemembers came forward citing exposure-related ailments such as unexplained cancers, excessive bleeding and thyroid issues… [Attorneys] said additional plaintiffs are continuing to come forward with “serious ailments from radiation”
Bloomberg, Oct. 30, 2014: Judge Janis L. Sammartino… denied the request by [Tepco] to dismiss… Tepco had argued the U.S. military had contributed to the plaintiffs’ harm…
Charles Bonner & Cabral Bonner & Paul Garner, Esq. Press Release (via Nuclear Hotseat), Oct. 29, 2014: U.S. Navy Sailors have won a crucial battle… A Federal judge has ruled that the sailors’ class action law suit may go forward… 200 young sailors [say] TEPCO deliberately lied to the public and the U.S. Navy about the radiation levels… Up to 70,000 U.S. citizens were potentially affected by the radiation and will be able to join the class action suit… The lawsuit includes claims for illnesses such as Leukemia, ulcers, gall bladder removals, brain cancer, brain tumors, testicular cancer, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, thyroid illnesses, stomach ailments and a host of other complaints unusual in such young adults… One Sailor, age 22… states, “Upon my return from Operation Tomodachi, I began losing my eyesight.I lost all vision in my left eye and most vision in my right eye. I am unable to read street signs and am no longer able to drive… I know of no family members who have had leukemia.”… The sailors would like the general public to contact their members of Congress, locally elected officials, and President Obama and implore them to tell the Government of Japan to (1) apply the principles of “Operation Tomodachi” to the Plaintiff-victims and help these U.S. Sailors; and (2) tell TEPCO to stop shirking responsibility…
- Ken Myers, DTRA Director: The nuclear crisis in Japan… was a terrible tragedy… It wasn’t just the nuclear threat on land… All of that nuclear material was spilling into the ocean… spreading around the Pacific… US Navy was potentially at threat, because the last thing you want to do is take a carrier strike force through a large nuclear contaminated area. There were some very interesting moments where we were in direct contact with the US Navy, recommending paths to stay out of nuclear contaminated area. There are a lot of people around here who boast that they were driving the carriers…
- Ronnie Faircloth, DTRA Director of Operations: The radiation exposure coming off of that civil nuclear reactor will kill you just as well as a nuclear weapon.
- Watch the DTRA video here
Nouvelles écritures France 24 (French public television), published Oct. 28, 2014: The family once lived in Odaka, 15 kilometers from the nuclear power plant… Yoshiharu Sue, former Hitachi engineer: “Whenever I come back to collect our belongings, there are no voices, no cars, nothing, that’s why I never stay here for long”… The 14th of March 2011, 3 days after the earthquake and tsunami… Sue: “I heard a loud noise and then saw a purple cloud in front of a house in the mountains. I took a photo of it, it was an explosion at the nuclear plant, I knew a little about the subject and realized things were getting dangerous. So we left here on the night of the 14th of March.”
Recall the article by former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Diet member Tomoyuki Taira in Nature Magazine (emphasis added):
- A question that must be answered is what caused the explosions at the site. They were initially reported as being caused by the ignition of hydrogen… this has not been settled…Knowing whether a nuclear explosion took place is essential for predicting how much radioactivity might have been released… and how far it would have spread, as well as the state of the spent-fuel rods… Two observations suggest that this is plausible.
- First… [the government] reported finding heavy metals such as curium-242 up to 3 kilometres from the reactor site and plutonium-238 up to 45 kilometres away. These isotopes are deadly poisons… concentrations of 238Pu around the plant were much higher than usual… [Officials say it] must have come from the Fukushima reactor. If so, they suggest that broken spent-fuel rods might be scattered around the site…
- Second, the steel frame on top of the unit-3 reactor building is twisted, apparently as a result of melting… a hydrogen explosion should not have generated enough heat to melt steel. Initially, TEPCO claimed that the explosion in unit 3 generated white smoke; on re-examination, the smoke was black, and therefore unlikely to have been caused by a pure hydrogen explosion.
Others in Japan also question the claim hydrogen caused Unit 3′s explosion. Teruyuki Nakajima, of the Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo and Science Council of Japan:
- Slide 3: Hydrogen explosion of 1st reactor
- Slide 3: Hydrogen?? explosion of 3rd reactor
- Nakajima (at 5:30 in): “We see an explosion on 12th and 14th. This one [Reactor 1] would be a hydrogen explosion, but we don’t know about the cause of this explosion [at Reactor 3].The government said it’s hydrogen — but there are a lot of discussions.”
Nakajima’s presentation is similar to one given by Mitsuo Uematsu, who is also with the University of Tokyo’s Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute — Slide 4: Hydrogen explosion of reactor #3?