Nuclear power : a reference handbook /

"In the 21st century, nuclear power has been identified as a viable alternative to traditional energy sources to stem global climate change, and condemned as risky to human health and environmentally irresponsible. Do the advantages of nuclear energy outweigh the risks, especially in light of the me... Full description

Main Author: Henderson, Harry, 1951-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
Edition: Second edition.
Series: Contemporary world issues.
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Background and history : Atoms and mysterious rays ; The atomic nucleus ; Neutrons and nuclear fission ; A letter of warning ; The Manhattan Project ; The first nuclear reactor ; Nuclear perils and promises ; The Atomic Energy Commission ; Reactors at sea ; Other forms of nuclear propulsion ; "Atoms for peace" ; Science fiction and Cold War reality ; The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 ; Early developments and regulation ; Breeding controversy ; Expansion of nuclear power in the 1960s and 1970s ; The AEC and the environmental movement ; The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ; From Brown's Ferry to Three Mile Island ; A growing antinuclear movement ; The Chernobyl disaster ; Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste ; Fukushima: the nuclear perfect storm ; An uncertain future
  • 2. Problems, controversies, and solutions
  • 3. Perspectives : Nuclear energy is a safe industry / Brett McCollum ; Safety, human fallibility, and nuclear power / Lloyd J. Dumas ; Building back better: lessons from Fukushima / Hilary Oliva Faxon ; Nuclear power: a Faustian bargain / Mark Troy Burnett ; Why nuclear energy is clean and environmental opposition to nuclear energy is a major mistake / Bruno Comby ; Navajos and uranium mining: death digging yellow dirt / Bruce E. Johansen
  • 4. Profiles: People, Organizations
  • 5. Data and documents
  • 6. Resources for further research
  • 7. Chronology.