More than 100 Navy members struggle for justice as radiation slowly kills them
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
When a historic earthquake created a massive tsunami that destroyed part of the Fukushima Daiichi power station in northern Japan in March 2011, causing meltdowns at three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors, a radiological disaster ensued.
As part of the effort to control damage and lend assistance, President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Navy to respond to what would become the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.
Now, nearly three years later, some 100 sailors believe they are paying the price for their assistance in the form of debilitating and deteriorating health issues.
One of them, a Navy lieutenant from Maryland who can no longer walk, wants someone to take some responsibility for what has happened to him.