An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation into a leaking nuclear plant and veterans cancer claims has prompted a swift reaction by a U.S. Senator who is promising to get answers.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, from Ohio, was the first to provide assistance to veterans following the original investigation that aired in March.
A second investigative report into a nuclear plant operated by the Navy at McMurdo Station, Antarctica aired Wednesday night and revealed even more flaws in the troubled reactor. The nuclear plant operated during the 1960s and 1970s, but was shut down in 1973. Our report documented hundreds of malfunctions, including radiation leaks.
Brown said he will again ask Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to look into whether veterans are eligible for service related compensation due to radiation exposure at McMurdo. And he doesn't rule out eventually calling for congressional hearings into what the Navy knew about radiation leaks and how the plant functioned.
"I'd call for a congressional hearing if I think that will work," said Brown, who will first appeal to VA Secretary Shinseki for assistance.
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