—Glyn G. Caldwell, MS, MD
This book is a fascinating review of both the unintended consequences of atmospheric and underground nuclear testing resulting in workers exposures when plans and safety measures go awry. (read more)
The attorneys, Larry and Alan Johns have written a well-documented and thoughtful book about their experiences. The book should be on the reading list of nuclear testing historians, students, scientists, environmentalists, and educators. The Baneberry Disaster is readable, fascinating, and at times disconcerting.”
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.