Calculated Risks : Highly Radioactive Waste and Homeland by Kenneth A, Dr Rogers, Marvin G, Mr Kingsley

By Kenneth A, Dr Rogers, Marvin G, Mr Kingsley

This good documented examine examines one of many more and more urgent difficulties for US place of birth defense: the garage and administration of radioactive waste. regardless of urgent native land protection and effort issues linked to hugely radioactive waste, political issues have avoided policymakers from adopting long term suggestions to the matter. Implications of strength terrorist or criminality regarding waste are excessive at the schedule including its genuine transportation. This publication explores nuclear waste difficulties in the course of the broader lens of federal, nation and native executive and the consequent constraints on coverage that emerge in the American process. proposing particular case experiences to spotlight the deficiencies in present coverage and making plans, in addition to the opportunity of terrorist job, it really is hugely fitted to classes on safety reviews and environmental politics.

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Department of Energy [http://www. htm] 34 Calculated Risks Types of On-Site Storage There are two primary types of on-site storage for spent nuclear fuel: spent fuel pools and dry cask containers. Spent nuclear fuel removed from the reactor is highly radioactive and emits intense heat. Therefore, the spent fuel rods must be transferred immediately to a spent fuel pool to cool slowly and provide the necessary shielding to protect against radiation exposure. After sufficient cooling, the spent fuel rods can be transferred to dry cask storage.

Terrorism) and energy security concerns (premature shutdown of commercial nuclear power reactors) 40 Calculated Risks Advantages Since on-site radioactive waste storage has been safely managed for a number of years, generally there is confidence in that type of storage method. There are a number of advantages associated with the on-site storage method. For example, from a technical standpoint, storing the nuclear waste on-site at the point of origin minimizes the handling of the nuclear material.

S. Department of Energy [http://www. htm] 34 Calculated Risks Types of On-Site Storage There are two primary types of on-site storage for spent nuclear fuel: spent fuel pools and dry cask containers. Spent nuclear fuel removed from the reactor is highly radioactive and emits intense heat. Therefore, the spent fuel rods must be transferred immediately to a spent fuel pool to cool slowly and provide the necessary shielding to protect against radiation exposure. After sufficient cooling, the spent fuel rods can be transferred to dry cask storage.

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