Book ID: CBB760417809

The Baneberry Disaster: A Generation of Atomic Fallout (2017)


Johns, Larry C. (Author)
Johns, Alan R. (Author)

University of Nevada Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 224
Language: English

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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Review Sarah Fox (October 2018) Review of "The Baneberry Disaster: A Generation of Atomic Fallout". Environmental History (pp. 905-906). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Higuchi, Toshihiro
Bruno, Laura A.
Kirsch, Scott
Petryna, Adrianna
Homei, Aya
Masco, Joseph
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Cultural Anthropology
Cold War History
Oregon State University
State University of New York at Albany
American University
Stanford University Press
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yale University Press
Nuclear testing
Nuclear and radioactive waste
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Radiation sickness; radiation toxicology; Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
Cold War
Pollution, radioactive
Knapp, Harold
Yasushi Nishiwaki
Rotblat, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
Marshall Islands
Nevada (U.S.)
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; Partial Test Ban Treaty; Limited Test Ban Treaty (1963)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United States. Atomic Energy Commission

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