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 fatherland defense: the garage and administration of radioactive waste. regardless of urgent native land safeguard and effort issues linked to hugely radioactive waste, political issues have avoided policymakers from adopting long term options to the matter. Implications of capability terrorist or criminality regarding waste are excessive at the time table including its real transportation. This publication explores nuclear waste difficulties during the broader lens of federal, nation and native executive and the consequent constraints on coverage that emerge in the American approach. featuring particular case reviews to focus on the deficiencies in present coverage and making plans, in addition to the opportunity of terrorist task, it's hugely suited for classes on defense experiences and environmental politics.

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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. High-level defense waste is stored on-site at the various weapons production facilities. 2 – Spent Fuel Pool for a photo of a typical cooling pool). A typical spent fuel pool is around 20 feet deep and housed within a non-reinforced building.

However, since the dry cask storage system was not intended to substitute for disposal, eventually the nuclear waste will have to be transferred to another storage container, or be transported to either a centralized storage facility a permanent repository. Second, there also are societal benefits such as the equity associated with keeping the highly radioactive waste on-site. In essence, the group that receives the economic and energy benefits of the nuclear power that is produced is the same group that bears the safety and economic costs of storing the highly radioactive waste that was generated.

Conference of Mayors passed a resolution opposing the transportation of highly radioactive waste across state borders until the federal government can provide “adequate funding, training and equipment to protect public health and safety” for all cities along the proposed transportation route. (USCM, 2002: 1) In 2003, the National Association of Counties adopted a policy resolution that urged DOE to develop a transportation plan and accompanying environmental impact statement for highly radioactive waste shipments.

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