Low-Level Radioactive Waste Regulation-Science, Politics and Fear
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A crisis awaits the states without adequate Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) disposal capacity, and states now struggling to comply with U.S. National Policy-widely believed unworkable. Some states may find that they are unable to dispose of the LLRW they generate! Long underestimated-or politically boondoggled-the dread subject of LLRW disposal is now being brought to climax, amidst conflicting viewpoints from generators, regulators, environmentalists and the public...from...medical-clinical labs...nuclear power plants...state and federal agencies...scientists and engineers...consultants...attorneys. This book emphasizes siting, disposal, historical approach to radwaste regulation, public attitudes, and NIMBY. AND deals comprehensively with radiation, biological effects, risk assessment, public health protection and government regulation, safety of LLRW, biological effects, and attempts to develop solutions to this pervasive problem. This text is essential to those likely to find themselves engulfed by LLRW problem: scientists, engineers, managers in many companies and institutions, consultants, and, of course, Government Agency Officials, public interest groups, technical, social science, law, and public libraries. There is no easy solution-but there will be a solution. And we believe this book is part of that solution. Expert authors-provide chapters carefully researched and written for this book; and provide their personal and professional experiences. This book is certainly a step toward understanding and solving the LLRW problem.
Table of Contents
Setting the Stage. The Politics of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal. Interstate Compacts for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal: A Mechanism for Excluding Out-of-State Waste. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal. Low-Level Radioactive Waste at University Medical Centers. Low-Level Radioactive Wastes in the Nuclear Power Industry. The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Dilemma: One Institution's Approach. Low-Level Radiation: Cancer Risk Assessment and Government Regulation to Protect Public Health. Making the World Safe for Chicken Little, or the Risks of Risk Aversion. The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Crisis: Is More Citizen Participation the Answer? Low-Level Radioactive Waste: Can New Disposal Sites Be Found? Biologic Effects of Low-Level Radiation. Safer Than Sleeping with Your Spouse-The West Valley Experience. Living the Past, Facing the Future. Glossary. List of Abbreviations. Index. 310 pp., 1988, ISBN 0-87371-026-6.