A READING AND SIGNING WITH LARRY C. JOHNS, CO-AUTHOR OF THE BANEBERRY DISASTER: A GENERATION OF ATOMIC FALLOUT
The Baneberry Disaster covers the calamitous December 1970 Baneberry underground nuclear test. It pumped nearly 7 million curies of radiation into the atmosphere, and caused the suspension of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site for six months. Its 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 twenty-five 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 in 1979, and the multiple appeals that followed. 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.
Larry C. Johns holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona. He was admitted into the Nevada Bar Association in 1968. In 1993, he was selected to membership in the Nevada American Inns of Court, Lloyd D. George Chapter, and remained active until 2005.