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Road to Yucca Mountain The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States

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ISBN-10: 0520260457

ISBN-13: 9780520260450

Edition: 2009

Authors: J. Samuel Walker

List price: $85.00
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InThe Road to Yucca Mountain,J. Samuel Walker traces the U.S. government's tangled efforts to solve the technical and political problems associated with radioactive waste. From the Manhattan Project through the designation in 1987 of Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a high-level waste repository, Walker thoroughly investigates the approaches adopted by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). He explains the growing criticism of the AEC's waste programs, such as the AEC's embarrassing failure in its first serious effort to build a high-level waste repository in a Kansas salt mine. Clearly and accessibly, Walker explains the issues surrounding deep geological disposal and surface storage of high-level waste and spent reactor fuel. He analyzes the equally complex and divisive question of fuel "reprocessing." He weaves reliable research with fresh insights about nuclear science, geology, politics, and public administration, making this original and authoritative account an essential guide for understanding the continuing controversy over an illusive and emotional topic.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/2/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

J. Samuel Walker, historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has published six other books on the history of American foreign policy and the history of nuclear energy.

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Solvable Problem
A "Huge and Ever-Increasing Problem"
An "Atomic Garbage Dump" for Kansas
New Directions in Radioactive Waste Management
Progressing toward Stalemate
Commercial Low-Level Waste: A "Once Low Priority Matter"
The Transportation of Nuclear Waste
A Legislative "Solution"
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index