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Too Hot to Touch The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste

ISBN-10: 1107030110
ISBN-13: 9781107030114
Edition: 2012
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Description: Today, the issue of waste management is as prominent as reactor safety in the controversies surrounding nuclear power and is particularly topical in the US since the 2010 closure of the Yucca Mountain repository project. William and Rosemarie Alley  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 383
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

Today, the issue of waste management is as prominent as reactor safety in the controversies surrounding nuclear power and is particularly topical in the US since the 2010 closure of the Yucca Mountain repository project. William and Rosemarie Alley provide an engaging and authoritative account of the controversies and possibilities surrounding disposal of nuclear waste in the US, with reference also to other countries around the world. The book tells the full history from the beginnings after World War II up to today, bringing to life the pioneering science, the political wrangling and media drama, and the not-in-my-backyard communities fighting to put waste elsewhere. Written in down-to-earth language, by an expert with key involvement in the Yucca Mountain project, this is a timely book for public interest groups, affected communities, policymakers, environmentalists and research scientists working in related fields and anyone interested in finding out more about this important issue.

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Preface
Acknowledgements
List of units
List of abbreviations
The Problem
The awakening
Brainstorming
The ocean as a dumping ground
Radioactivity and atomic energy
The Cold War legacy
The peaceful atom and its wastes
Recycling
Dry cask storage
Interim storage
A can of worms
WIPP
The Mountain
The search for a geologic repository
Nevada wins the lottery
The Nevada test site
Yucca mountain
How long is long?
Leaving almost no stone unturned
Surprise
Shake and bake
The project gets into hot water
No Solution in Sight
A new president, new policies
Nuclear waste and our energy future
Appendix:discussion questions
References
Index

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