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Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima
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When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts.

But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging.

They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In a lawsuit filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the U.S. Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship's water system.

“At our level, we weren’t told anything,” Plym told FoxNews.com. “We were told everything was OK.”

Now, Plym, Enis and dozens of others wonder if their service to their country and to Japan has left them doomed.

“I get so angry," Plym said. "They said as long as the plume was avoided we would be fine. But we knew then that something was going to happen. Common sense tells you that the wind would blow it everywhere. You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to figure that out.”

San Francisco Attorney Charles Bonner,who is representing allegedly cancer-stricken sailors, initially filed a federal suit in the Southern District of California more than a year ago on behalf of a dozen sailors. The lawsuit was initially dismissed, when the court ruled that any ruling would hinge on interpreting communication between the Japanese and U.S. governments, which could violate the separation of powers. But Bonner is amending the suit to add new allegations that would fall under the court's jurisdiction. And the number of plaintives has more than quadrupled as more service members come forward with radiation-related illnesses, he said.

“They went in to help with rescue efforts," said Bonner, who plans to refile the suit on Jan. 6. "They did not go in prepared to deal with radiation containment.”

The plaintiffs don't blame the U.S. Navy, which they believe acted in good faith, Bonner said. It was the plant's operators who sat on the meltdown information during the crucial hours following the March 11, 2011 disaster, he said.

“TEPCO pursued a policy which caused rescuers, including the plaintiffs, to rush into an unsafe area which was too close to the [Fukushima nuclear power plant] that had been damaged,” Bonner charged in an April filing now being updated to add more plaintiffs. “Relying upon the misrepresentation regarding health and safety made by TEPCO, upon information and belief, the U.S. Navy was lulled into a false sense of security.

“The officers and crew of the U.S.S. Reagan (CVN-76) and other vessels believed that it was safe to operate within the waters adjacent to the FNPP, without doing the kinds of research and testing that would have verified the problems known to the defendant TEPCO at the time.”

Nathan Piekutoski, 22, who served aboard the USS Essex, which was in the same deployment as the Reagan, said sailors had no choice but to trust what they were told.

“They did say it was safe at the time,” Piekutoski said. “We had to take their word for it.”

Piekutowski says he suffered from leukemia and, while he is currently in remission, Doctors have told him that he may need a bone marrow transplant.

“Within a few months I started getting all these weird symptoms," he recalled of the months following the disaster response. "Night sweats. Not sleeping. I started losing a lot of weight.

“It’s one of those things," he added. "You’re angry that it happens but we had to go. It was our duty. I joined the military to help people in need.”

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This story makes me laugh every time someone posts it somewhere.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;129223 Wrote:This story makes me laugh every time someone posts it somewhere.

Justin

I don't know your official title, but I know you work in nuclear power. Please explain for the rest of us why you find it funny?
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Because it's fabricated for the purposes of trying to extort money via the legal system.

Justin
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All comes down to the dosage and what they got.

If their hair ain't fallin' out, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a lot.

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JustinHEMI;129227 Wrote:Because it's fabricated for the purposes of trying to extort money via the legal system.

Justin

How is having cancer considered fabricated?

Quote:...They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing...
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A little something from awhile back, after watching the video you'd think we'd all be dead from all the radiation...but we're not. Shrug
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Philadelphia Patriot;129230 Wrote:
JustinHEMI;129227 Wrote:Because it's fabricated for the purposes of trying to extort money via the legal system.

Justin

How is having cancer considered fabricated?

Quote:...They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing...

Here's a more balanced article.

“To provide a radiological dose perspective, when USS Ronald Reagan sailed through a plume of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear power plant during disaster relief operations, the maximum potential radiation dose received by any ship’s force personnel ... was less than the radiation exposure received from about one month of exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil, and the sun.”

http://www.stripes.com/in-growing-lawsui...s-1.230512



It's fabricated because they did not receive enough dose to cause any of those symptoms. I know people on the Reagan, of the type trained in radiation and detection of radiation, and all that they received was very low level doses of beta. The kinds of radiation that you would need to cause these symptoms are only present during the active process of fissioning. Fission product daughters are all beta emitters, which your skin can block. Breathing them in can be damaging, but again, they didn't receive a significant dose.

I also know the levels of radiation released into the air and the ocean.

That's how I know it's all bullshit.

If someone on the Reagan is sick, it isn't because of Fukushima.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;129234 Wrote:It's fabricated because they did not receive enough dose to cause any of those symptoms. I know people on the Reagan, of the type trained in radiation and detection of radiation, and all that they received was very low level doses of beta. The kinds of radiation that you would need to cause these symptoms are only present during the active process of fissioning. Fission product daughters are all beta emitters, which your skin can block. Breathing them in can be damaging, but again, they didn't receive a significant dose.

I also know the levels of radiation released into the air and the ocean.

That's how I know it's all bullshit.

If someone on the Reagan is sick, it isn't because of Fukushima.

Justin

That's all you had to say when I originally asked you why you thought it was funny. Shy
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Philadelphia Patriot;129235 Wrote:
JustinHEMI;129234 Wrote:It's fabricated because they did not receive enough dose to cause any of those symptoms. I know people on the Reagan, of the type trained in radiation and detection of radiation, and all that they received was very low level doses of beta. The kinds of radiation that you would need to cause these symptoms are only present during the active process of fissioning. Fission product daughters are all beta emitters, which your skin can block. Breathing them in can be damaging, but again, they didn't receive a significant dose.

I also know the levels of radiation released into the air and the ocean.

That's how I know it's all bullshit.

If someone on the Reagan is sick, it isn't because of Fukushima.

Justin

That's all you had to say when I originally asked you why you thought it was funny. Shy

You're right, I apologize. This is just the half dozenth time that I've argued about this claim. No excuse, I should have just reposted my thoughts from the beginning. Smile

Justin

I have noticed a trend, though, that the "sick" people are all early 20 somethings and none of them are the nuclear operators on the ship. Smile Not to mention that there are, what, 5000 people on the Reagan? Only 51 got sick? If their entire drinking water system was contaminated, and their food, wouldn't there be hundreds of cases?

Justin
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