AUTHORLochbaum, David A.
TITLENuclear Waste Disposal Crisis

This book seeks to refine the public perception of the nuclear waste disposal crisis by clarifying the problem and its severity. According to the author, the crisis lies in the fact that over 100,000 spent fuel assemblies "are stored at nuclear power plant sites under conditions that have never been fully analyzed" (p. 162). Succinct chapters delineate the factors involved in the crisis, including the nature of the nuclear waste industry, the nuclear fuel cycle, power plant designs, and issues related to spent nuclear fuel – such as reprocessing, disposal, interim storage, and risks. The author asserts that risks must be managed from the point when spent fuel assemblies are discharged from nuclear power plants until the materials no longer pose a hazard to the public and the environment. One chapter examines reactor design flaws and other risks present at the Susquehana Steam Electric Station in Pennsylvania, home to a two-unit nuclear power plant, and supplements the discussion with useful flow charts and diagrams. Comprehensive yet accessible, the book also includes an appendix that lists dates and brief descriptions of a variety of incidents that have occurred at nuclear power plants between 1972 and 1995. The author is the Director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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