Nuclear Power: A Reference Handbook

Nuclear Power: A Reference Handbook

by Harry Henderson




This guide helps readers explore the science, technology, politics, and culture that surround nuclear energy.

• Provides a detailed chronology, statistics, and a directory of resources for further research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576071281
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/03/2000
Series: Contemporary World Issues
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Harry Henderson is a professional writer specializing in scientific and educational materials.

Table of Contents

The Discovery of Nuclear Energy1
Nuclear Fission3
The First Nuclear Reactor4
Nuclear Power and Its Problems5
Nuclear Power Comes On-Line6
Radiation, Health, and the Environment7
The Search for Safety9
Three Mile Island12
The Chernobyl Disaster14
The Nuclear Waste Problem17
Yucca Mountain19
Transporting Nuclear Waste20
Nuclear Proliferation22
What Do You Do with an Old Nuke?23
A Nuclear Sunset?25
A Nuclear Renaissance?27
Conclusion: An Uncertain Future28
3Biographical Sketches45
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
4Facts, Illustrations, and Documents59
Design and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants59
Basic Nuclear Plant Designs59
Nuclear Contribution to the U.S. Energy Supply62
Reactors in the United States63
World Nuclear Reactors77
The Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Waste79
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle79
Locations of Spent Fuel Storage85
The Yucca Mountain Proposal85
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository85
Opposition to Nuclear Power102
Nuclear Power's Failed Promise102
The Nuclear Waste Controversy105
What's Wrong with Burying Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain?106
Why We Call It "Mobile Chernobyl,"113
Legal Aspects of Nuclear Power116
International Cooperation and Treaties119
Regulatory Agencies121
Court Cases122
5Directory of Organizations131
6Print Resources147
References and Overviews148
General Reference and Overview153
Regulations, Politics, and Policymaking159
Regulatory Policy and Politics159
Case Studies166
Future Prospects167
International Issues169
Development of Nuclear Power in Other Nations169
Nuclear Proliferation172
Nuclear Disasters176
Three Mile Island176
Nuclear Waste Issues178
Environmental Effects178
Waste Disposal and Management180
Miscellaneous Issues183
Fusion Power183
Nuclear Power in Space183
7Nonprint Resources191
General Resources, Databases, and Archives192
Historical and Documentary194
Regulatory, Legal, and Governmental Information195
Technical Information about Nuclear Power197
Radiation and Nuclear Waste199
News Groups201
Audiovisual Materials202
Background and Overviews202
Antinuclear Advocacy205
Pronuclear Advocacy210
Chernobyl and Other Nuclear Accidents211
Nuclear Waste and Environmental Effects213
Sources for Audiovisual Materials215
About the Author235

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