AUTHORBergeron, Kenneth D.
TITLETritium on Ice: the Dangerous New Alliance of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power
PUBLISHERMIT Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED2002
ISBN0-262-02527-2


This book argues that the 1998 decision by the United States government to generate tritium in commercial nuclear reactors created unacceptable health and environmental hazards and increased the risks of global proliferation of nuclear weapons. Tritium, a rare hydrogen isotope, is required for fission-fusion weapons, i.e. hydrogen bombs. The book gives historical background, explains safety measures necessary with tritium, describes the activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in nuclear power and nuclear operations while criticizing the TVA safety record, discusses United States governmental policy concerning nuclear engineering, and analyzes forces influencing nuclear proliferation. The author, a physicist who worked both on making tritium for weapons and on the safety of commercial nuclear power, sounds an alarm from an insider's perspective and makes his case in language accessible to readers with non-technical backgrounds.


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