AUTHORWilson, P. D., Ed.
TITLEThe Nuclear Fuel Cycle: From Ore to Wastes
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This book furnishes an objective, step-by-step account of the stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, from the initial extraction of uranium ore from the ground to the preparation of spent fuel for recycling and its disposal. The work provides a comprehensive introduction to technical aspects of the fuel cycle, while making the information accessible to individuals with varying levels of academic instruction. Some chapters include a brief historical overview of aspects of the fuel cycle, and most chapters use references to contemporary nuclear power facilities to illustrate points. The book includes chapters on environmental radioactivity, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and safety management. Particular attention is given to European methods, which probably results from a majority of the contributors being affiliated with British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL). Because of that orientation, and because it was published in 1996, the book gives relatively little attention to many matters of particular concern to American readers. Those include the Yucca Mountain project and its problems, terrorist threats and their implications for fuel cycle choices, and newer approaches to reprocessing under active investigation including UREX (uranium extraction) and pyroprocessing. The book only briefly alludes to issues of nuclear proliferation and does not address military applications of nuclear technology. It concludes with a wide-ranging look to the future, offering an outline of options to improve the nuclear power industry. An abundance of detailed drawings, photographs, and tables provides invaluable support to the text. Each chapter has references, and the book includes a lengthy glossary and four appendixes.

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