AUTHORBeckjord, Eric S.
TITLEThe Future of Nuclear Power: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study
CITYCambridge, MA
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Available online from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This book is the result of an interdisciplinary study of the prospects for nuclear power conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003. It identifies the issues associated with the use of nuclear power and what might be done to resolve them. The major challenges to the nuclear power option are cost, safety, waste, and proliferation. Individual chapters address economics, fuel cycles, safety, waste management, nonproliferation, public attitudes and understanding; they provide specific recommendations for each area. Appendices provide more detailed information to complement specific chapters. The intended audience includes leaders in government, education, and industry who have an interest in managing the technical, economic, environmental and political issues associated with the expanded use of nuclear power. The associated website for the book contains a link to the 2009 update of issues addressed in the 2003 report.

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