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Power Production

What are the Risks?, 1st Edition

By D H Fremlin

CRC Press

347 pages

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pub: 1989-01-01
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The debate about nuclear power and the risks involved continues to rage but of course all forms of power production have their own particular and sometimes considerable risks. Power Production: What Are the Risks? includes completely new chapters to take into account the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, the disaster at Piper Alpha, and the much debated problems of acid rain and the greenhouse effect. The book evaluates the risks involved in using coal and oil-fired generation of nuclear and hydro power. The author contends that in our modern industrial society the risks of power production are less than the consequences of having insufficient supplies of power. He uses technical data from many fields of research to estimate the risks to the public from both renewable and nonrenewable sources.

Reviews

"The book is written in an attractively informal style. It makes interesting and informative reading for the nonspecialist with some scientific background and an open and enquiring mind."

-S.E. Hunt, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Aston

"For those wanting to assess the debates from an energy company perspective, this book is a useful contribution."

-Science and Public Policy

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO RISKS

Introduction

The risks of modern life in Britain

Risks of cancer and mutation-the background

Radiation and cancer

POWER PRODUCTION, POWER CONSERVATION, AND NEEDS

Energy supplies-renewable resources

Energy supplies-coal, oil, gas, and nuclear

Conservation of energy

QUANTITATIVE DISCUSSION OF RISKS

Accidental risks to the public due to energy production other than nuclear

Risks of nuclear accidents

The numbers killed in routine power production

Wastes from the nuclear power industry

Wastes from other power sources

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS AND THE OPPOSITION TO NUCLEAR POWER

Terrorism and proliferation

The environmental effects of power production

The opposition to large-scale power production

Finale

APPENDIX

REFERENCES

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics
TEC008000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General