AUTHORMazuzan, George T. / Walker, J. Samuel
TITLEControlling the Atom: The Beginnings of Nuclear Regulation 1946-1962
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book provides a history of nuclear power regulation in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Atomic Energy Commission and the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy are examined as precursors to the Nuclear Regulation Commission in protecting public health and safety. The authors discuss the public’s reaction to atomic developments and radiation dangers that regulatory programs address. The structure of atomic regulation, regulation licensing reforms, the politics behind regulation, and the controversies of radioactive waste disposal are among the topics presented. The appendix includes a glossary of regulatory organizations and acronyms, as well as a chronology of regulatory history.

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