AUTHORShrader-Frechette, K. S.
TITLEBurying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book argues that the scientific and ethical problems inherent in the use of nuclear waste repository sites, such as Yucca Mountain, suggest that humanity is not yet capable of undertaking the task of permanent waste storage. The author proposes that high-level “radwastes” be stored in negotiated monitored retrievable storage facilities (NMRS), until the time when permanent storage becomes a sound alternative. The book concerns the epistemological and methodological issues associated with the quantitative risk assessment of geological disposal. The author divides the book into sections explaining the problems posed by nuclear waste storage, the reliance on value judgments in repository risk assessments, subjective estimates and evaluations of repository risks, the problematic inferences in assessing these risks, and alternatives to permanent geological disposal. The research for the book was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the state of Nevada.

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