Nuclear operator loses Fukushima suicide law suit

Posted: August 26, 2014 by oldbrew in Energy, Legal, Nuclear power

Fukushima Unit 1 [image credit: Wikipedia]

Fukushima Unit 1
[image credit: Wikipedia]

How far does liability go for nuclear power plant operators after accidents? A Japanese court has ruled it can extend to suicide in some circumstances.

Fukushima court rules against nuclear operator in suicide suit | Reuters.

The Reuters report notes: ‘The court decision is the latest blow for the utility, which was bailed out with taxpayer funds in 2012 and expects to spend more than $48 billion in compensation alone for the nuclear disaster.’

So another half a million may not seem a lot but could open the door to yet more legal action. When ‘big energy’ faces disaster claims the bill can be staggeringly big as BP is still finding out in the Gulf of Mexico.

  1. It’s a problem of TEPCO’s own making.

    They should not have mutely stood by while the fearmongers promoted and atmosphere of anxiety, desperation and futility in the face of radiation levels that are in actuality; mostly harmless.

    Had TEPCO any competent managers versed and confident in radiation risk, they could have called Japan’s government to task for massive over-reaction that denies hundreds of thousands of former inhabitants access to their own property.

    The mandated, unnecessary evacuations and “compensation” paid to evacuees only prolongs the grief cycle. Continuing despair, frustration and grief are more likely to result in suicides than the vast majority of the people being allowed to return to where they’d left their homes in the wake of the tsunami. Letting the people rebuild and putting money into infrastructure hardening against future tsunami and earthquakes instead of compensation for evacuations from an imaginary danger.

  2. Bernd nailed it. The Japanese government egged on by “Experts” from the USA caused most of the suffering. Now TEPCO is being forced to compensate the victims of government fiats.

    Sounds familiar.

  3. oldbrew says:

    ‘the utility, which was bailed out with taxpayer funds’

    Enough said.

  4. ivan says:

    Sorry oldbrew, all that says is the Japanese government is just as incompetent as the UK government and listens to imported ‘experts’ rather than take the word of the company engineers. The company said there was little danger from radiation but the ‘experts’ said the sky would fall because any radiation at all was bad.