Originally published in 1987. The Chernobyl disaster intensified the whole debate on the nuclear power industry. There was great public concern about the industry regulation, about the siting of nuclear facilities, including the dumping of nuclear waste, and about the alleged secretiveness of the industry. This book examines these and many other important aspects of the industry worldwide and provides much important original research. It focuses in particular on the political processes which control the industry, on waste disposal and on the social impact.
Introduction 1. The Nuclear State: From Consensus to Conflict Andrew Blowers and David Pepper. Part 1: The Political and Planning Context 2. Inter-Regional Factors in the Location of New Nuclear Power Stations in England and Wales John Bradbeer 3. Nuclear Energy in France: A Foretaste of the Future Miriam Boyle and Mike Robinson 4. Democracy and the Sizewell Inquiry Jennifer Armstrong 5. A Corporate Analysis of Nuclear Plant Regulation in the US and UK John Fernie Part 2: Nuclear Waste: The Achilles Heel 6. Out of Sight: Out of Mind Andrew Blowers and David Lowry 7. Institutional Aspects of Siting Nuclear Waste Facilities in the United States John Cameron Stewart and W. Clark Prichard 8. Buried for Ever? The US Experience of Radioactive Waste Disposal Marvin Resnikoff 9. Decommissioning as a Neglected Element in Nuclear Power Plant Siting Policy in the US and UK Mike Pasqualetti Part 3: Risk and Impact: The Social Dimension 10. The Sellafield Controversy: the State of Local Attitudes Sally Macgill 11. Children, Radiation, Cancer and the Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant Alan Craft and Stan Openshaw 12. Evacuation Decision Making at Three Mile Island Donald J. Zeigler and James H. Johnson Jnr. Part 4: Future Directions 13. Prospects for the Nuclear Debate in the UK Tim O'Riordan