AUTHORStewart, Richard B. / Stewart, Jane B.
TITLEFuel Cycle to Nowhere: U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste
PUBLISHERVanderbilt University Press
CITYNashville, Tennessee

This book provides a detailed, comprehensive description of the history and current (2011) status of U.S. nuclear waste regulatory law and policy. It presents the interrelated technology, science, economics, politics, and security issues associated with those laws and policies. The contents reveal that the nuclear regulatory regime is a complex mixture of federal and state laws, presidential executive orders, agency regulation and guidance documents, reports from expert commissions, and court decisions. The narrative features lessons learned from two nuclear waste repositories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and Yucca Mountain. It examines the contents and implementation of the 1980 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Act and the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. The book cogently addresses and explains not only the legislative and legal issues and processes that have taken place over the past forty to fifty years but also the injection of political reality and machinations into the highly complex questions presented by long-term solutions to the nuclear waste problem in the United States. Two chapters address the classification, regulation, and transportation of nuclear waste. Another chapter focuses on options for spent fuel from nuclear reactors. The final chapter reviews the lessons learned and suggests future solutions. For decision makers and the public, the book is a vital resource for understanding the totality of the issues involved with nuclear waste. An extensive bibliography and footnotes support the work.

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