AUTHORvon Hippel, Frank, Ed.
TITLEThe Uncertain Future of Nuclear Energy
PUBLISHERInternational Panel on Fissile Materials
CITYPrinceton, NJ
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This report presents a perspective on the status of global nuclear energy in 2010, based on the findings of the independent International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM). It provides an overview of relevant facts and issues affecting the global nuclear energy future. Chapter topics include future reactor technologies; the costs of building, operating and dismantling nuclear plants; a comparison of the open and closed fuel cycles; case studies of nuclear power from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the United States and Western Europe; risks associated with large-scale releases of radioactivity and the proliferation of nuclear weapons; national and international control of safety, security and proliferation; and the range of public acceptance of nuclear power. The final chapter presents policy recommendations to reduce the risks of radioactivity releases and increase resistance to nuclear proliferation. Tables and graphs supplement the text. The IPFM's stated mission is to provide practical policy initiatives to secure, consolidate, and reduce global stockpiles of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and plutonium.

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