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Today, the issue of waste management is as prominent as reactor safety in the controversies surrounding nuclear power and is particularly topical in the US since the 2010 closure of the Yucca Mountain repository project. William and Rosemarie Alley provide an engaging and authoritative account of the controversies and possibilities surrounding disposal of nuclear waste in the US, with reference also to other countries around the world. The book tells the full history from the beginnings after World War II up to today, bringing to life the pioneering science, the political wrangling and media drama, and the not-in-my-backyard communities fighting to put waste elsewhere. Written in down-to-earth language, by an expert with key involvement in the Yucca Mountain project, this is a timely book for public interest groups, affected communities, policymakers, environmentalists and research scientists working in related fields and anyone interested in finding out more about this important issue.
Table of Contents
List of units
List of abbreviations
The ocean as a dumping ground
Radioactivity and atomic energy
The Cold War legacy
The peaceful atom and its wastes
Dry cask storage
A can of worms
The search for a geologic repository
Nevada wins the lottery
The Nevada test site
How long is long?
Leaving almost no stone unturned
Shake and bake
The project gets into hot water
No Solution in Sight
A new president, new policies
Nuclear waste and our energy future
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