In this photo taken Sunday, March 13, 2011, the damaged Unit 1, left, and Unit 2, right, of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant are seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture. Tokyo Electric Power Co., warned Monday, March 14, 2011, it had lost the ability to cool Unit 2 shortly after Unit 3 exploded, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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US sailors sue Japanese utility over Fukushima radiation

Served on mission during nuclear reactor crisis

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eight U.S. sailors who served on a humanitarian mission to Japan in the wake of the tsunami-triggered Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis are suing the utility that operates the power plant.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego last week against Tokyo Electric Power Co., which is owned by the Japanese government. Plaintiffs include the infant daughters of two of the sailors.

The 37-page suit charges that the utility lied about the level of radiation in the atmosphere following the March 2011 disaster.

The sailors served on the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. They claim they were exposed to harmful levels of radiation that could result in cancer and a shorter lifespan.

An email seeking response from the utility's corporate office was not immediately returned.

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