Video: Navy sailors use no masks when scrubbing radioactive particles on USS Ronald Reagan after 3/11 — CNN: “The idea here is all about safety”

Published: December 29th, 2012 at 7:52 am ET
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Follow-up to: Navy crew members sue Japan over Fukushima cover-up -- "Irreparable harm to life expectancy" -- Gov't and Tepco conspired

Source: CNN
Date: March 23, 2012
h/t RadChick

CNN Reporter: “The idea here is all about safety”

Navy photos “Radiation decontamination of the USS Ronald Reagan” (h/t Fairewinds):

Caption: March 23, 2011 – Air Department Sailors scrub down the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a countermeasure wash down. Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Japan [...]

See more radiation decontamination of the USS Ronald Reagan here

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46 comments to Video: Navy sailors use no masks when scrubbing radioactive particles on USS Ronald Reagan after 3/11 — CNN: “The idea here is all about safety”

  • markww markww

    HEY NAVY SAFETY MY A**

    1. Where are the total protective suits and gloves protective boots Filtrated Air masks total face and body coverings Like HAZ MAT.

    THIS IS THE WORST HAZMAT IN THE WORLD and not ONE person was outfitted where is the SAFETY IN THE MILITARY ASLEEP NOT one person should have been subjected to this gross violation and everyone connecting with the orders to forcing these fine crewmen should be COURTS MARSHALED and a REDUCTION IN RANK. This is a scam of THE MILITARY SERVICES POISONING THE CREW

    Markww


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    • hogy

      Not one news article that I've seen so far tells what the hey those sailors were doing for "humanitarian assistance"! Are the media too
      d-u-m-b to ask? or was the kind of "help" they were rendering classified? If the latter, the news articles could at least say so.
      What were our Navy ships doing there in the first place? I suspect they were sent to view, video, photograph the scene. Or was there more?

      Were any sailors ordered to go ashore for any reason? Or was their exposure to radiation only because of being on deck within radiation-saturated air?

      Meanwhile, none of the so-called news articles about this lawsuit have said anything about the lack of protective gear on the sailors cleaning those decks–unless those were photos from elsewhere!


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      • VanneV anne

        It was all over the news at the time.

        USS Ronald Reagan Sailors deliver aid to Japan
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umn70pVyPgU


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      • VanneV anne

        USS Ronald Reagan Sailors deliver aid to Japan
        Uploaded on Mar 13, 2011
        “PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 and Japanese relief workers load supplies aboard an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts near Sendai, Japan. The helicopter then flies along the coast before landing at Takihama, Japan where U.S. and Japanese forces work together to unload the helicopters. HS-4 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) off the coast of Japan rendering humanitarian assistance following an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami as part of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Armando Gonzalez/ Released)…”
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umn70pVyPgU


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      • VanneV anne

        USS Ronald Reagan Ready To Help Japanese
        March 15, 2011
        “’It’s about nine o’clock in the morning here, and our helicopters are getting ready to go back in the air, and start the relief effort today,’ said Meadows.
        “U.S. air crews are taking thousands of pounds of supplies – things like food, water and blankets—from the carrier to the tsunami-stricken people of Japan.
        “Meadows talked about some of the touching stories of the aid effort.
        “’When they go down and give supplies to the people of Japan, and they get hugs from them, thumbs up, smiling faces,’ said Meadows….”
        http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/03/15/uss-ronald-reagan-ready-to-help-japanese/


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      • VanneV anne

        U.S. troops, USS Ronald Reagan arrive in Japan
        By the CNN Wire Staff
        March 12, 2011
        “(CNN) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of Japan Sunday to support Japanese forces in disaster relief operations, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement.
        “More U.S. aid — in the form of equipment, staffers and search-and-rescue teams — was expected to arrive Sunday to address the widespread devastation caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.
        “Near Honshu, Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan will support the Japan Self-Defense Force by providing refueling operations for Japanese helicopters and transporting the island country's troops to disaster areas, according to the Pentagon statement….”
        http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/12/quake.response/index.html


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      • VanneV anne

        hogy, You obviously didn't even try to find articles. There are many and they are very easily found.


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Only a fool would send their child to serve this government.


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  • Livingonearth

    USS Ronald Reagan's Facebook post on that day (Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:52pm, probably the US time) by Commanding Officer Captain Thom Burke says (emphasis is mine):

    Friends and Family of USS Ronald Reagan:

    I want to take this opportunity to personally assure you that first and foremost all personnel aboard the USS Ronald Reagan are safe and healthy.

    During our mission to assist our close allies of Japan, we were operating near the radioactive plume from Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. As you may have already heard, radioactivity was detected on 17 personnel from our ship, however, we promptly took the proper precautions and the radioactivity was easily removed by using soap and water. The levels that were detected were very low levels. To put this into perspective, the maximum radiation dose received was equalt to the amount of natural background radiation one would receive in one month from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun.

    Ronald Reagan has since repositioned away from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

    As a nuclear-powered aircraft carrrier, we have extensive technical expertise onboard to properly monitor such types of risks, and if necessary, rapidly resolve the situation.

    We have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that everyone is safe. We have closely monitored spaces, evaluated everyone who has flown or worked on the flight deck and cleaned the aircraft.

    I have not seen any…


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Good find, Livingonearth. It's always interesting when today's spin encounters yesterday's spin. Truth might still emerge. To paraphrase a Cowboy Junkies song:

      Truth's still there.
      It's just hiding in the dark 'cause it's scared.


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    • richard richard

      thanks Livingonearth for that find.

      'To put this into perspective, the maximum radiation dose received was equalt to the amount of natural background radiation one would receive in one month from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun'

      i was on the beach today. i'm now thinking that if i received a monthly dose of sunlight with my afternoon in the water, i'd be a battered sav.

      surely, a month of vitamin D in a few hours can't be good for you?

      just saying, it doesn't seem like a great comparison to me.


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      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        Indeed Richard..so a grain of truth in that comparison ehh? but..but.. Richard…you forgot to include the inhaled dose of a months worth of vitamin D at the same time. /sarc

        How truly unsafe that would be. And this is the same crew claim that:

        "As a nuclear-powered aircraft carrrier, we have extensive technical expertise onboard to properly monitor such types of risks, and if necessary, rapidly resolve the situation."

        Not only do not make sure their crew are protected, they do not even make sure that those measuring the radiation are wearing masks…


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        • +1

          Yes. The reason for suiting up with masks and goggles is obvious. Ingested or inhaled or even an open wound.
          Alpha particles… NOT good!

          Amazing how smart people are so easily 'duped' into accepting a safety net idea that's not really safe.

          Example of 'doublespeak':
          "To put this into perspective, the maximum radiation dose received was equal to the amount of natural background radiation one would receive in one month from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun."
          – Captain Thom Burke

          doublespeak –
          - deployed as intentional ambiguity
          - disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass
          - to abuse language for manipulative purposes

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak


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    • VanneV anne

      There's a difference between natural radiation and man-made radionuclides that don't exist in nature.

      The situation is still not resolved. We are all receiving hot particles all the time.

      And what about those who have or will die of heart attacks and strokes. Radiation destroys the circulatory system. Cancer rates only tell part of the story. Then there is diabetes and Alzheimer's, etc. Radiation is a killer. And I don't believe the Captain about the amounts of radiation. The instruments probably couldn't even read that high. And the Navy doesn't want to be responsible for every ill caused by depleted uranium and especially radioactive fallout.


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  • Livingonearth

    Following …

    I have not seen any levels of radiation or contamination that would cause me to have any significant concerns at all.

    As we continue to assist Japan in this terrible catastrophe, our Sailor's–and your loves ones'– safety will remain at the top of my priority list.

    Capt. Thom Burke


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    USS Ronald Reagan Sailors/Crew Exposed To High Doses Of Fukushima Radiation; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/uss-ronald-reagan-sailorscrew-exposed.html

    Low Level Nuclear Radiation In Food And Water
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/low-level-nuclear-radiation-in-food-and.html


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @ Pavewell.
    Heart of the Rose
    December 27, 2012 at 10:33 am
    These are the images of the USS Ronald Reagan at the time.
    Sailors scrubbing the decks ..with no radiation protection what so ever.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=photos+USS+Reagan+fukushima&view=detail&id=97E233EAEEC81CD2D44CA8D9FC64F0EC03873871

    Umm..I see I was assessment was correct here.
    Blatantly..and willfully these young people..were contaminated.

    I hope they win this litigation…and make their 'superiors' and TEPCO pay soundly.(through the teeth)


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      You're missing the bigger picture here, HOTR.

      We don't know how much closer the carrier was to Fukushima between the 11th and 15th. We only know (via the transcripts) that the ship's monitors alarmed at some point, they did some sampling and eventually acted to 'evade' the plume.

      The Reagan's crew may have been exposed to far more radioactivity than we know. In total, I don't think the scrubbing itself contributed much to their potential total exposure considering all the other possibilities. It's a guess – I may be 100% wrong.

      There is no radiation protective gear for crew worth a damn anyways. They have gas masks and maybe a poncho and that's about it. That's all *any* soldier or sailor has. No moon suits or lead vests for everyone – just a few for reactor safety crew. The chemical-biological trousers and tops the scrub-down crew is wearing are worthless. They have some activated charcoal and fancy polyester fabric, that's it.

      It may be alarming for you to see sailors without moon suits scrubbing the deck, but that's standard operating procedure. That does not make it right – but that's the only way they ever could or will be able to handle radiation.


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Missed the point?..standard operating procedure for radiation exposure?
        Indeed.
        Breathtaking..yes..


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        • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

          They were not dropped on the deck from a helicopter, nor did they parachute from a plane. They walked on that deck, pushing their brooms, all the while stirring up some plutonium, a dusting of cesium & a sprinkle of strontium to name a few. And they took deep breaths of the *fresh air..

          ..yup "that's the only way they ever could or will be able to handle radiation."

          That is exactly what those servicemen were told even while alarms are ringing in their ears.

          …I wonder if their bones would pass the Strontium test…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..My computer froze this morning..just as I had a link to an article about families back in San Diego ..being concerned for their loved ones on the USS Ronald Reagan at the time.
    I'm going to look for it.

    They had every reason to be concerned.


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  • Ganxet Ganxet

    If captain commander said this, what this 8 sailors have to do to demostrate their illnes is from nuclear poisoning?


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    • Sickputer

      Ganxet typed these pixels of light: "what this 8 sailors have to do to demostrate their illnes is from nuclear poisoning?"

      SP: Data and logs can be purged, but eyewitness testimonies can be useful. One of the eight sailors is in his late thirties and may be at retirement age. If he has personal knowledge or perhaps even data sheets about high radiation then he might be the smoking gun.

      The infant is also going to be exhibit A for radiation poisoning. It could get interesting depending on whether the sailors want money and an apology, or just money. If it is just money then I doubt there will be a trial. The Japanese nucleocrats will send a nice chunk their way in exchange for dropping the lawsuit. The question then becomes… Will that encourage 6,000 more sailors to do the same? Of 61,000 who were on bases in Japan and got doused also?


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