Nuclear Power

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Overview

Nuclear energy has sometimes been called "the double-edged sword of science." That phrase reflects the fact that nuclear energy can be used for both useful and constructive purposes and for deadly and destructive ends. Indeed, the context in which the world was first introduced to nuclear energy was the latter, when nuclear energy was used to produce the most destructive and terrible weapons the human race has ever seen. Nuclear scientists have always promised the general public that nuclear energy has many potential positive benefits also. Almost certainly, the greatest potential benefit accruing from nuclear energy is the availability of an almost endless and environmentally attractive source of power. The generation of nuclear power, however, also creates issues of safety and radioactive waste. Nuclear Power provides readers with clear and essential information needed to define, understand, and research these important issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816056552
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Library in a Book
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An introduction to nuclear power and issues over its use in the United States 3
Ch. 2 The law and nuclear power 62
Ch. 3 Chronology 85
Ch. 4 Biographical listing 106
Ch. 5 Glossary 124
Ch. 6 How to research nuclear power issues 133
Ch. 7 Annotated bibliography 146
Ch. 8 Organizations and agencies 212
App. A Atomic Energy Act of 1946 (Public Law 79-585) 235
App. B Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (Public Law 83-703) 242
App. C Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-425) 252
App. D U.S. Supreme Court : Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. v. NRDC, 462 U.S. 87 (1983) 258
App. E U.S. Supreme Court : Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee Corp., 464 U.S. 238 (1984) 264
App. F Statistics and data on nuclear power 271
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