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About 1,400 people have filed a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who are seeking compensation of 100 yen ($1) each, say the lawsuit is meant to set a new legal precedent on current regulations, which give big corporations immunity from liability in the event of nuclear accidents.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday at the Tokyo District Court, AP reported.
The plaintiffs, comprised of Fukushima residents and some 400 other petitioners from around the globe, say the manufacturers — GE, Hitachi and Toshiba — failed to make the necessary safety adjustments to the reactors at the Fukushima plant, which was first commissioned in 1971.
ABC News reported in 2011:
Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing — the Mark 1 — was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.
Subject to Article III.1(a)(ii), the liability of the operator may be limited by the Installation State for any one nuclear incident, either:
to not less than 300 million SDRs; or
to not less then 150 million SDRs provided that in excess of that amount and up to at least 300 million SDRs public funds shall be made available by that State to compensate nuclear damage.
We are screwed. This is a blanket protect everyone's rear end treaty. It not only protects the USA, it protects Japan, and it even protects Tepco. Not to mention 50% of the funds will be going to damage done outside of the nuclear states territory.
I think you guys should really at the very least skim this shenanigans.
Per the news article Japans parliament wont get to look at this or vote on it until next year. However IMHO I think they will jump all over it as a get out of jail free card. I don't know if they had any plans of going after compensation from any foreign companies but this would limit their liability to the world. It would limit Tepco's as well.
Down to a pitiful amount I might add. To their own people and to the anyone in the future that this radiation affects. In the treaty is even goes so far as to state whether through direct radiation damage or indirect. Something radiation might have caused. Its all blanket. Someone correct me if I am wrong here.