Nuclear Power


When nuclear power first made headlines, it was hailed as the energy that would power the 21st century. Now when it makes the news, it is usually bad news—a reactor accident or a debate about storing radioactive waste. This is an essential reference for anyone with an interest or involvement in the nuclear debate.

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When nuclear power first made headlines, it was hailed as the energy that would power the 21st century. Now when it makes the news, it is usually bad news—a reactor accident or a debate about storing radioactive waste. This is an essential reference for anyone with an interest or involvement in the nuclear debate.

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"…a compact, inexpensive, introductory guide to a wide variety of issues pertaining to nuclear energy and the industry that has arisen around it … Recommended for readers looking for general information on this important environmental topic."



Provides background information needed to understand nuclear power issues and guides readers toward accessible resources. Overviews developments in nuclear energy from the discovery of radiation to the present, then provides a chronology of events, biographical sketches of key figures, and tables, charts, and maps that explain how nuclear reactors work, how much energy they produce, where they are located, and plans for waste disposal. Reviews regulations, agencies, and court cases, provides statements from antinuclear groups, and lists government, academic, and industrial groups, and antinuclear groups. Also lists print and online resources, and includes a glossary of scientific and technical terms. Henderson is a science writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071281
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/3/2000
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Introduction 1
The Discovery of Nuclear Energy 1
Nuclear Fission 3
The First Nuclear Reactor 4
Nuclear Power and Its Problems 5
Nuclear Power Comes On-Line 6
Radiation, Health, and the Environment 7
The Search for Safety 9
Three Mile Island 12
The Chernobyl Disaster 14
The Nuclear Waste Problem 17
Yucca Mountain 19
Transporting Nuclear Waste 20
Nuclear Proliferation 22
What Do You Do with an Old Nuke? 23
A Nuclear Sunset? 25
A Nuclear Renaissance? 27
Conclusion: An Uncertain Future 28
References 29
2 Chronology 31
3 Biographical Sketches 45
Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) 45
Hans Albrecht Bethe (1906- ) 46
Niels Bohr (1885-1962) 47
Helen B. Caldicott (1938- ) 47
Jimmy Carter (1924- ) 48
Bernard Cohen (1924- ) 48
Barry Commoner (1917- ) 49
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) 49
Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) 50
John Gofman (1918- ) 50
Bourke B. Hickenlooper (1896-1971) 51
Henry M. Jackson (1912-1983) 51
David E. Lilienthal (1899-1981) 52
Lise Meitner (1878-1968) 52
G. C. Minor (1937-1999) 53
Mayumi Oda (1941- ) 53
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) 54
Dixy Lee Ray (1914-1994) 55
Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1987) 55
Glenn T. Seaborg (1912-1999) 56
Karen Silkwood (1946-1974) 56
Lewis L. Strauss (1896-1974) 57
Grace Thorpe (1924- ) 57
Stewart Udall (1920- ) 58
4 Facts, Illustrations, and Documents 59
Design and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants 59
Basic Nuclear Plant Designs 59
Nuclear Contribution to the U.S. Energy Supply 62
Reactors in the United States 63
World Nuclear Reactors 77
The Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Waste 79
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle 79
Locations of Spent Fuel Storage 85
The Yucca Mountain Proposal 85
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository 85
Opposition to Nuclear Power 102
Nuclear Power's Failed Promise 102
The Nuclear Waste Controversy 105
What's Wrong with Burying Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain? 106
Why We Call It "Mobile Chernobyl," 113
Legal Aspects of Nuclear Power 116
Regulations 116
International Cooperation and Treaties 119
Regulatory Agencies 121
Court Cases 122
5 Directory of Organizations 131
6 Print Resources 147
References and Overviews 148
Bibliographies 148
General Reference and Overview 153
Advocacy 156
Antinuclear 156
Pronuclear 158
Regulations, Politics, and Policymaking 159
Regulatory Policy and Politics 159
Case Studies 166
Future Prospects 167
International Issues 169
Development of Nuclear Power in Other Nations 169
Nuclear Proliferation 172
Nuclear Disasters 176
Three Mile Island 176
Chernobyl 176
Nuclear Waste Issues 178
Environmental Effects 178
Waste Disposal and Management 180
Miscellaneous Issues 183
Fusion Power 183
Nuclear Power in Space 183
Other 184
Periodicals 186
7 Nonprint Resources 191
Websites 192
General Resources, Databases, and Archives 192
Historical and Documentary 194
Regulatory, Legal, and Governmental Information 195
Technical Information about Nuclear Power 197
Radiation and Nuclear Waste 199
Antinuclear 200
News Groups 201
Audiovisual Materials 202
Background and Overviews 202
Antinuclear Advocacy 205
Pronuclear Advocacy 210
Chernobyl and Other Nuclear Accidents 211
Nuclear Waste and Environmental Effects 213
Sources for Audiovisual Materials 215
Glossary 219
About the Author 235
Index 237
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