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The Baneberry Disaster: A Generation of Atomic Fallout
by Larry C. Johns
with Alan R. Johns
University of Nevada Press, 2017
Paper: 978-1-943859-45-0 | eISBN: 978-0-87417-638-4
Library of Congress Classification KF224.B257J64 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 344.7304633

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Baneberry Disaster covers the calamitous December 1970 Baneberry underground nuclear test that pumped nearly 7 million curies of radiation into the atmosphere, caused the suspension of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site for six months, and whose radioactive cloud exposed 86 test-site workers to radiation, two of whom died of leukemia less than four years later.
 
The authors are attorneys from Las Vegas who spent 25 years pursuing a lawsuit for the victims at Baneberry. The story begins in 1971, just after the Baneberry test vented, and takes the reader through the years leading up to the trial, the 41-day trial in 1979, and the multiple appeals following the trial. It discusses the claims and lawsuits filed by others exposed to atomic testing, and the congressional investigations that led to the enactment of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990.

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