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.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO RISKS
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
"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