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Nuclear Juggernaut

The transport of radioactive materials, 1st Edition

By Martin Bond


256 pages

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Every day throughout Britain, by road, by rail and by sea, there are large numbers of routine movements of radioactive cargo. Materials at all stages of the nuclear cycle, from uranium ore to nuclear waste, from nuclear warheads to radioactive isotopes used in medicine, are constantly on the move. In normal circumstances handling low-level material exposes workers to small doses of radiation, but a serious accident could lead to widespread contamination and to the major risk of additional deaths from cancer. The accident record is not good. There are repeated small accidents and many people believe that the major accident is simply waiting to happen. This book gives a thorough account of what is moved, by wham and far what purpose. It considers the risks, including that of terrorism, the safety record and the precautions. It also highlights the perils of the secrecy surrounding the industry: for example, local councils are responsible for coping with any accident, but are not told when or where nuclear movements are taking place. Martin Bond's careful work is a large step towards order in a chaotic industry. Originally published in 1992

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Glossary Introduction Radiation, Regulations and Container Design Yellowcake Uranium Hexafluoride Highly Enriched Uranium Spent Fuel - Domestic Spent Fuel - Imports Plutonium Nuclear Warheads Radioactive Isotopes Radioactive Waste The Military Role of the British Nuclear Industry Radiation Accidents The Human Factor Secrecy Emergency Planning The Nuclear Future? Notes and References Index

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / General