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Navy Families Sue Fukushima Operators for Wrongful Death via Courthouse News Service

Bianca Bruno

SAN DIEGO (CN) — Families of five Navy service members who died after responding to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown have sued Tokyo Electric Power Co., blaming the deaths on radiation illnesses contracted from the March 2011 disaster.

The families wish to join a lawsuit from 152 other members or survivors of members of the 7th Fleet who performed humanitarian response from March 11, 2011 until March 14, when the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was moved away from Fukushima due to detection of nuclear radiation in the air and on helicopters returning to the ship.

The new plaintiffs want to join in the third amended complaint Cooper, et al. v. TEPCO, et al., originally filed in the same court in 2012. They say it is only recently that they discovered the extent of the injuries, real and/or expected, due to exposure to radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

The federal lawsuit was filed Friday and made available Monday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. They sued General Electric in addition to Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO.


They say General Electric designed the defective GE Boiling Water Reactors at Fukushima, which was run by TEPCO, Japan’s largest electric utility. The 7th Fleet’s Operation Tomodachi provided humanitarian relief after the tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster. The sailors say they will need medical monitoring for life, payment of medical bills, and health monitoring for their children, including for possible radiation-induced birth defects.

“These harms include, but are not limited to, the following: illnesses such as leukemia, ulcers, gall bladder removals, brain cancer, brain tumors, testicular cancer, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, thyroid illnesses, stomach ailments, birth defects, death, and a host of other complaints unusual in such young adults and victims,” the complaint states.

The 81-page lawsuit contains few details about the five service members’ deaths, three of whom died in 2016.

Ruby Perez, who died of ovarian cancer, is the only plaintiff whose illness is specified.


“Unaware of either the meltdown or any potentially harmful radioactive release, the U.S. Sailor First Responders arrived off the coast of Fukushima during the afternoon of March 12, 2011 in order to carry out their mission of providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster. At no time did this mission include, nor expand into a response to a meltdown or a nuclear emergency at the FNPP. Rather, plaintiffs were carrying out their mission to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Japan by coming to their aid by delivering clean water, blankets, food, and other aspects of providing other humanitarian relief to the inhabitants of Fukushima Prefecture.”

The plaintiffs claim that though the nuclear meltdown was induced by a natural disaster, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission found in July 2012 that the meltdown was manmade because GE and TEPCO did not take adequate precautions for earthquakes and tsunamis.

They claim TEPCO ignored warnings of risk of damage by a tsunami, dismissed the need for better protection against seawater flooding, and failed to inspect, maintain and repair critical pieces of equipment.

Radiation exposure came not just through the air but by radioactive seawater used to cool the reactors that was pumped back into the Pacific Ocean after it had been contaminated, then sucked into the Navy ship, according to the complaint.

It adds: “One plaintiff declared: ‘ship was still taking in sea water — but obviously the ship can’t filter out the radiation. Water we all showered with, drank, brushed our teeth, and had our food cooked with …’”

Citing a March 14, 2011 statement from the Navy, the plaintiffs say at least 17 service members on helicopter air crews had measureable levels of radioactivity after returning to the ship.



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教科書「脱原発」から「両論併記」へ 原子力学会、要求強めるvia北海道新聞

 東京電力福島第1原発事故から6年以上が経過し、中学、高校教科書の脱原発に関する記述が、原発推進の意見も取り入れた「両論併記」に変わりつつある。政府が2014年に原発を「重要なベースロード電源」と位置付けたエネルギー基本計画が影響しているとみられ、原発関連企業や学者でつくる日本原子力学会は各教科書会社に対し、脱原発の記述を改めるよう要求活動を強めている。(東京報道 長谷川善威)








北電泊原発に近い後志管内の中学校教諭(46)は「こうした学会の動きは圧力に感じる。校内には原発の話題を避ける雰囲気があるのに、ますます取り上げにくくなる」と漏らした。 東京電力福島第1原発事故から6年以上が経過し、中学、高校教科書の脱原発に関する記述が、原発推進の意見も取り入れた「両論併記」に変わりつつある。政府が2014年に原発を「重要なベースロード電源」と位置付けたエネルギー基本計画が影響しているとみられ、原発関連企業や学者でつくる日本原子力学会は各教科書会社に対し、脱原発の記述を改めるよう要求活動を強めている。(東京報道 長谷川善威)



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原発事故避難者の思い、冊子に 京都の医療従事者ら作成 via 京都新聞





全文は原発事故避難者の思い、冊子に 京都の医療従事者ら作成

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東海村長に現職再選 無投票当選 東海第2原発が課題 via 日本経済新聞




続きは東海村長に現職再選 無投票当選 東海第2原発が課題

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Martin Schulz wants US nuclear weapons out of Germany via Politico

There are an estimated 20 US nuclear warheads at a military base in western Germany.

Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), on Tuesday said that if he wins next month’s election he will ask the U.S. to withdraw its nuclear weapons from Germany.

“As chancellor, I will commit Germany to having the nuclear weapons stationed here withdrawn from our country,” Schulz pledged at a campaign rally in the southwestern city of Trier, weeks before the vote on September 24.

There are believed to be about 20 U.S. nuclear warheads at a military base in Büchel, western Germany.

In his Trier speech, Schulz spoke out against raising military spending to a NATO target of 2 percent of GDP, as called for by U.S. President Donald Trump.


A opinion poll published Tuesday put the SPD on 24.5 percent support, well behind Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union on 39.5 percent.

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首都圏学生が福島県の『魅力体感』 福島県内の学生が案内役に via 福島民友




続きは首都圏学生が福島県の『魅力体感』 福島県内の学生が案内役に

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<原発事故>来春再開の小中「通学せず」95% 福島・浪江の保護者調査 via 河北新報





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State releases long-awaited radioactive oil waste disposal rules via


The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week published draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the State of Montana.

Northern Plains Resource Council members, many of whom are farmers, ranchers, and landowners whose water could be affected, have urged the state of Montana to develop protective rules for more than four years. Northern Plains is a Montana-based conservation and family agriculture organization.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Seth Newton, a rancher in Glendive and a spokesperson for Northern Plains. “I live and ranch downstream from Montana’s first radioactive oil waste disposal facility, and my operation relies on water. If we lose that, we’re finished.”


Montana became a destination for radioactive oil waste in 2013, with the construction of Oaks Disposal Facility, 26 miles northwest of Glendive. Oaks is a Major Class II Disposal facility, and has accepted more than 253,000 tons of radioactive oil waste for disposal to date, mostly from North Dakota.

The oil and gas industry enjoys an exemption from federal hazardous waste standards. To address that gap, states like North Dakota and Colorado have instituted their own protections to address transportation, management, and disposal of oil and gas industry wastes. On Friday, Montana finally followed suit.

“We’re glad to see rules in writing,” said Newton. “Northern Plains members and ranchers like myself have been pushing the DEQ to do this for years.”

One highlight of the rules is the inclusion of drill cuttings, drill mud, and hydraulic fracturing sand. Inclusion of these materials is noteworthy because it’s not the case in all states that regulate radioactive oil waste, and it means that the DEQ has deemed them potentially toxic enough to merit additional protection.

“Including those materials in the rules means the state of Montana is taking ownership of them, and not just turning a blind eye to the fact that they’re being disposed of in my backyard,” Newton said.

But the proposed rules also leave much to be desired. “Unfortunately, the Department of Environmental Quality’s new rule only requires annual groundwater monitoring that’s self-reported from the site operator. Doesn’t DEQ care about us enough out here in Eastern Montana to send out one of their people to test the water a few times annually?”

“Over here in eastern Montana, we’re out-of-sight, out-of-mind. For decades in Colstrip, DEQ failed to inspect, address, or crack down on the toxic leaking ash ponds. We need to ensure something like Colstrip doesn’t happen here. This water is worth protecting, our livelihoods are worth protecting.”


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Resolutions opposing LANL plans postponed until next month via the Santa Fe New Mexican

A pair of proposed city resolutions opposing planned expansion of plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the nuclear weapons agenda of President Donald Trump’s administration ran into hurdles at Monday’s city Finance Committee.


One proposal would ask the New Mexico Environment Department to rescind a revised consent order that in 2016 established new milestones for cleanup of contaminated waste from the Cold War-era nuclear research and development at the lab; asks that planned production of plutonium pits — the triggers for a nuclear reaction in weapons — be halted until cleanup concerns are resolved; and asks that the U.S. Department of Energy improve monitoring of surface and groundwater.

The other proposal states opposition to the Trump administration’s nuclear weapons policies and establishes support for a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., that would restrict the president’s ability to conduct a first-use nuclear strike.


Villarreal told the councilors she would welcome amendments and said that the city, as a member of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, could have an influence on discussions surrounding pit production and cleanup at the lab.

“There are issues with the increase of plutonium pit production and the legacy of nuclear waste issues,” Villarreal said.

“The intention is to really look at how this is affecting our communities, including the safety of our drinking water.”



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デブリに挑む 撮影成功も「取り出し」難題 「冠水なしで大丈夫か」の声も via 産経ニュース

 デブリは見えたが、取り出せるのか-。東京電力福島第1原発3号機で、溶け落ちた核燃料(デブリ)とみられる物体が初めて撮影されたのは7月下旬。原子力損害賠償・廃炉等支援機構は、デブリの取り出しについて原子炉格納容器を水で満たさない「気中工法」で行うことを提案、政府と東電は9月中に方針を決定する。しかし、前例のない作業に加えてデブリの情報は依然少なく、先は見通せないままだ。(社会部編集委員 鵜野光博)










デブリ取り出し 1979年の米スリーマイルアイランド原発2号機での事故では、デブリが圧力容器の中にとどまっていたため、冠水工法で85年から取り出しを開始。89年にほぼ終えた。86年の旧ソ連チェルノブイリ原発4号炉の事故では、デブリ取り出しは行わず、4号炉をコンクリートで覆う「石棺」と呼ばれる手法が取られた。福島第1原発では平成29年9月に取り出し方針を決定し、33年度に1~3号機のいずれかで取り出しに着手する計画。



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