Tokyo Electric Power Faces $1B Class Action over Birth Defects and Radiation Sickness

February 19 2014

Tokyo Electric Power Faces $1B Class Action over Birth Defects and Radiation Sickness Washington, DC: A $1 billion environmental class action lawsuit has been filed over alleged radiation sickness resulting from the Fukushima power plant meltdown in Japan. The suit includes an infant born with a genetic condition to a sailor who served on the USS Ronald Reagan as radiation poured over it during the Fukushima meltdowns, and an American teenager living near the stricken site. It has also been left open for up to 70,000 U.S. citizens [who were] potentially affected by the radiation and will be able to join the class action suit.

The problems arising from the Fukushima radiation nuclear disaster just keep getting worse. There have been many news reports over the past few days stating that TEPCO withheld vital information about this radiation leak. If this information was disclosed promptly, there may have been some type of actions that could have been taken sooner.

The victims of this devastating radioactive disaster have countered with the class action lawsuit. “The re-filing comes as Tepco admits that it has underestimated certain radiation readings by a factor of five. And as eight more thyroid cancers have surfaced among children in the downwind region. Two new earthquakes have also struck near the Fukushima site. The amended action was filed in federal court in San Diego on February 6, 2014.

“The plaintiffs' ailments parallel those of downwinders irradiated at Hiroshima/Nagasaki (1945), during atmospheric Bomb tests (1946-1963), and from the radiation releases at Three Mile Island (1979) and Chernobyl (1986). Among them are reproductive problems and illnesses such as Leukemia, ulcers, gallbladder removals, brain cancer, testicular cancer, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, thyroid illnesses, stomach ailments and a host of other complaints unusual in such young adults."

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Last updated February 21 2014

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