Friday, March 15, 2013
Another group of USS Ronald Reagan sailors is suing a Japanese utility for illnesses they say they're suffering from due to radiation exposure after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The Wall Street Journal reports 26 U.S. residents who were part of a "crew of a U.S. naval carrier" filed suit today against Toyko Electric Power Co.:
The Japanese utility, known as Tepco, said the suit was filed with a local court in California, claiming that they suffered physical, economic and mental damage, as the utility intentionally provided inaccurate information about radiation exposure.
The utility said the residents are demanding Tepco set up a $1 billion fund for damage compensation and are also calling for compensation for each plaintiff.
As Home Post previously reported, eight Reagan sailors filed that lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Diego in December of 2012. (The Reagan was homeported in San Diego at the time of the earthquake, but is currently based in Washington state.)
In response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Reagan participated in the humanitarian mission called Operation Tomodachi - bringing food, water, and medical supplies to the people of Japan.