Containing the Atom: Nuclear Regulation in a Changing Environment, 1963-1971

Containing the Atom: Nuclear Regulation in a Changing Environment, 1963-1971

by J. Samuel Walker
     
 

The late 1960s saw an extraordinary growth in the American nuclear industry: dozens of plants of unprecedented size were ordered throughout the country. Yet at the same time, public concern about the natural environment and suspicion of both government and industry increased dramatically. Containing the Atom is the first scholarly history of nuclear

Overview

The late 1960s saw an extraordinary growth in the American nuclear industry: dozens of plants of unprecedented size were ordered throughout the country. Yet at the same time, public concern about the natural environment and suspicion of both government and industry increased dramatically. Containing the Atom is the first scholarly history of nuclear power regulation during those tumultuous years.

J. Samuel Walker focuses on the activities of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the agency entrusted with the primary responsibility for the safety of nuclear power, and shows that from the beginning the AEC faced a paradox: it was charged with both promoting and controlling the nuclear power industry. Out of this paradox grew severe tensions, which Walker discusses in detail. His balanced evaluation of the issues and the positions taken by the AEC and others makes this study an invaluable resource for all those interested in the continuing controversies that surround nuclear energy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520079137
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/08/1992
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.52(d)

Meet the Author

J. Samuel Walker is historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and co-author, with George T. Mazuzan, of Controlling the Atom: The Beginnings of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1962 (California, 1984).

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