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Nuclear waste stalemate : political and scientific controversies

Author: Robert Vandenbosch; Susanne E Vandenbosch
Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Diminishing oil supplies, global warming due to the use of fossil fuels, persistent strife in the Middle East, and increasing demands for energy have led to the search for additional energy sources. Many feel that a significant expansion of nuclear power will be necessary to meet projected needs. However, although nuclear power has been produced commercially for over thirty years, no country has yet found a  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Vandenbosch; Susanne E Vandenbosch
ISBN: 9780874809039 0874809037
OCLC Number: 137222820
Description: xii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Preface --
1. Introduction --
2. Alternatives for the management of radioactive waste --
Surface storage and deep geological disposal --
Reprocessing of spent fuel --
Transmutation of radioactive waste --
3. Overview of legislative and executive actions concerning high-level radioactive waste --
Early efforts regarding waste disposal --
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 --
The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987 --
The Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Yucca Mountain radiation standards --
The years between 1992 and presidential approval in 2002 --
The clock starts ticking : 2002 approval of Yucca Mountain --
Setbacks on the way to a licensing application --
4. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 : adoption of a policy for the disposal of spent fuel from commercial reactors --
Factors leading up to the adoption of a disposal policy for high-level nuclear waste --
The politics of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act --
Analysis of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act --
Political aftermath of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act --
Narrowing the list of candidate sites for the first repository. 5. The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987 --
Postponement of the second repository --
Candidate states for the first repository object --
Monitored retrievable storage --
Offering incentives for a repository --
Udall proposes a moratorium --
The Nuclear Water Technical Review Board --
Selection of Yucca Mountain for the first repository --
Political aftermath of the 1987 Act --
6. Attempts to store waste on Indian reservations --
7. Yucca Mountain as a repository --
Description --
Local government environment : Nye County --
Political environment : Nevada and Yucca Mountain --
8. The Energy Act of 1992 and Yucca Mountain radiation standards --
Introduction of nuclear waste provisions into the Energy Act of 1992 --
The National Academy of Sciences Report --
Public health and environmental radiation protection standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada --
9. The 2002 approval of the Yucca Mountain Repository --
House action --
10. Senate action --
Political aftermath of the 2002 Act. 10. Court appeals --
The Nevada suit against the Department of Energy, Secretary Abraham, and President Bush --
Nevada challenges the constitutionality of the Joint Resolution --
Nevada and the Natural Resources Defense Council v. the Environmental Protection Agency --
Nevada v. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission --
The courts hear oral argument --
The court decides --
11. Transportation of spent fuel to Yucca Mountain --
12. High-level nuclear waste disposal in other countries --
Canada --
France --
Germany --
United Kingdom --
Sweden --
Finland --
Japan --
Russia --
India --
China --
International repository proposals --
Overview --
Appendix A : Organizations concerned with nuclear waste issues --
Appendix B : Principles guiding radioactive waste management --
Appendix C : A visit to Yucca Mountain --
Appendix E : U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for repository site recommendations --
Appendix F : Organizations opposed to the Yucca Mountain repository --
Appendix G : Supporters of the Yucca Mountain repository --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: by Robert Vandenbosch and Susanne E. Vandenbosch.
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This book examines the complex political, legal, and scientific issues relating to the disposal of nuclear waste, an issue that is gaining attention as demands for energy increase exponentially.  Read more...

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