A U.S. Naval Administrative Officer severely affected by Fukushima’s radiation is telling his story, further exemplifying why the U.S. government cannot be trusted to inform the public on Fukushima’s danger.
Involved in the USS Ronald Reagan’s rescue efforts following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, Steve Simmons began experiencing devastating symptoms several months after returning home.
“You’re starting to run fevers, your lymph nodes start swelling, you’re having night sweats, you’re getting spastic and you’re losing sensation in your legs, and you can’t feel your legs when you’re getting 2nd degree burns on them, and how do you explain those things?” Simmons told WUSA 9 News
Simmons is joined by more than 70 other U.S. sailors with similar ailments, including thyroid cancer, brain tumors and leukemia. Despite radiation-decontamination officer Michael Sebourn detecting “incredibly dangerous” radiation levels while on the Reagan, the Department of Defense has continued to claim levels were safe.
“How do you take a ship and place it into a nuclear plume for five plus hours, how do you suck up nuclear contaminated waste into the water filtration system and think for one minute that there’s no health risk to anybody on board?” Simmons said.
Sick U.S. sailors have filed suit against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), claiming the power company hid radiation information from the U.S. Navy after Fukushima’s initial meltdown.
“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,” the lawsuit states.
While denying any danger to the public, the federal government has quietly stockpiled millions of doses of potassium iodide over Fukushima concerns.
Recent remarks made by former MSNBC host Chenk Uygur have also revealed the government’s attempts to downplay Fukushima’s severity. Trying to inform his viewers in 2011, Uygur was told not to warn about radiation danger “because the official government position is that it’s safe.”
Despite the government’s obvious and continued deception, few media outlets have challenged official talking points. Following the recent discovery of a 500 percent radiation increase on a California beach, reporters from Infowars traveled to the area to investigate the alarming occurrence, finding levels closer to 1,000 percent higher than normal.
With Fukushima’s major radiation plume now reaching America’s West Coast according to physics experts, the government’s continued silence is to be expected.