Originally published in 1991, this comprehensive volume provides not only technical information regarding the global nuclear power industry, but also discusses the economic, social and political issues which have an impact on the industry. There are specific chapters on the nuclear industry in the USA and Canada, Western Europe, the former USSR and Eastern Europe and East Asia which examine in detail the particular set of geographical and economic conditions which affect each area. Including an extensive glossary, figures and tabulated information, this book remains one of the most accessible, impartial and thorough studies of the global nuclear industry.
1. Preliminary Considerations: Reactor Types and Characteristics 2. The world Pattern of Nuclear Power Production 3. The USA and Canada 4. Western Europe 5. The USSR and CMEA Countries of Eatern Europe 6. East Asia 7. From Uranium Ore to Fuel Element: The Front-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle 8. The Nature of the Hazards: Radiation and Its Biological Effects 9. Money Costs of Nuclear and Their Locational Effects 10. Safety issues in the Siting of Nuclear Power Plants 11. Siting in Relation to Exceptional Environmental Events: Earthquakes and Faults, Tornadoes, Tsunamis and Floods 12. The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Storing and Transporting Radioactive Waste 13. Prospects for the Future.
In view of the recent decline of the quality of various domestic energy and natural resources and the uncertain nature of the availability of foreign supplies it is becoming increasingly important for many countries to be able to forecast more reliably the demand for energy and resources. Many of the volumes in this set, originally published between 1936 and 1995, provide models with which to measure the impact of policy decisions and technological change. Others analyze and discuss many of the issues which have enduring relevance: ailing global coal mining industries, the advent of new energy forms, increased competition from cheaper sources, strict pollution legislation and the impact that all of these issues have on productivity and employment.