General Electric sued on Fukushima disaster


This video says about itself:

Ex-GE Engineer Highlights Critical Fukushima Reactor Design Flaw

8 March 2013

In 1971, General Electric designed, built and delivered the first, now-exploded, Mark 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and that design was also used for four of the other five reactors.

Whistleblower Dale Bridenbaugh, a former engineer for GE, exposed a critical flaw in the reactor design that was so bad, he recommended all Mark 1 reactors be shut down to repair them. This didn’t happen. Then, as now, profits and protection of nuclear business were put ahead of safety and the protection of people.

From the Boston Globe in the USA:

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster

By Jon Chesto/Globe Staff

November 18, 2017

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the industrial giant was reckless and negligent in its design of the reactors and related systems at the core of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

The plaintiffs claim Boston-based GE knowingly used a reactor design at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that would fail to protect against the possible threat of earthquakes and tsunamis, a natural risk in that area.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for businesses in the area that suffered economic damage as a result of the disaster, which displaced as many as 150,000 people.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims GE and its partners lowered a protective cliff by more than 60 feet, placing the plant and all six of its GE-designed reactors closer to the Pacific Ocean and in the path of the severe tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

Afte the tsunami hit, three GE-designed reactors suffered from “entirely foreseeable flooding and resulting nuclear meltdowns”, causing the release of radioactive matter into the area surrounding the plant, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are essentially blaming GE for defective reactor design as well as for not putting in place enough safeguards to prevent the spread of radiation once the Fukushima plant was breached.

Six years after Fukushima, robots finally find reactors’ melted uranium fuel — The New York Times: here.

Fears of another Fukushima as Tepco plans to restart world’s biggest nuclear plant — The Guardian: here.

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  8. General Electric recently merged with Wabtec, a rail equipment manufacturer, in a deal that was worth more than $11 billion.

    Let me be very clear: Wabtec is a profitable company that is expected to bring in nearly $8 billion this year – doubling its revenue as a result of the merger. They had enough money to provide over $120 million in payments to executives at Wabtec and General Electric, including a $16 million handout to Wabtec’s CEO, Raymond Betler.

    Yet Wabtec refuses to treat its workers fairly and in fact wants to undermine the progress won under their existing union contract.

    Union workers in Erie, Pennsylvania who were previously employed by General Electric now must renegotiate with Wabtec. As of today, they are on strike to fight back against Wabtec’s plan to cut pay, mandate overtime, and undermine job security.

    We cannot and will not allow powerful companies like Wabtec to undo decades worth of progress on workers’ rights.

    I am proud to stand in solidarity with the 1,700 locomotive manufacturing workers in Erie who are currently on strike to keep the pay and benefits they have won as union members. But I cannot do this alone – it is important that we join together to show our support for these workers as they demand fair negotiations.

    Add your name to join me in calling on Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler to let workers negotiate a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement.

    ADD YOUR NAME

    The right to organize as part of a union has historically been one of the surest ways for American workers to join the middle class. The security of a union job provides good pay, benefits including health care, and the ability to have a voice at work.

    One of the biggest reasons for the disappearing middle class is that the rights of workers to join together and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions have been severely undermined.

    But workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, are coming together to fight back by going on strike.

    The greed of corporations like Wabtec has got to end. And one way we can stand up to their greed is by showing we stand with Erie workers who are courageously fighting back against their CEO.

    Add your name to tell Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler to continue negotiations with workers for a fair and equitable contract.

    The billionaire class and large corporations in this country must learn that they cannot have it all. Thank you for joining this fight to send them a message that they can’t ignore.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders

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