Calculated risks: highly radioactive waste and homeland by Kenneth A, Dr Rogers, Marvin G, Mr Kingsley

By Kenneth A, Dr Rogers, Marvin G, Mr Kingsley

This good documented examine examines one of many more and more urgent difficulties for US place of origin protection: the garage and administration of radioactive waste. regardless of urgent fatherland safety and effort issues linked to hugely radioactive waste, political concerns have avoided policymakers from adopting long term suggestions to the matter. Implications of capability terrorist or criminality related to waste are excessive at the schedule including its genuine transportation. This booklet explores nuclear waste difficulties in the course of the broader lens of federal, kingdom and native executive and the consequent constraints on coverage that emerge in the American process. offering particular case experiences to focus on the deficiencies in present coverage and making plans, in addition to the potential of terrorist job, it really is hugely suited for classes on protection reviews and environmental politics.

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The primary concern for local governments has been the emergency response capability to any potential accident involving the transport of radioactive materials. Local governments have attempted to influence policy by passing resolutions calling for the federal government to undertake certain actions. S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution opposing the transportation of highly radioactive waste across state borders until the federal government can provide “adequate funding, training and equipment to protect public health and safety” for all cities along the proposed transportation route.

At the same time commercial nuclear power generation expanded, DOE generated high-level waste as a result of its defense activities. In the early years, the amount of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste generated was small and not considered to be much of a problem. However, as the years passed it became evident that a national policy was needed to cope with the growing stockpiles of highly radioactive waste being generated. In 1982, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) began the process of attempting to find a solution to the problem of highly radioactive waste disposal for spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants and high-level waste from defense complexes.

Html] (Tetreault, 2002) Tetreault, Steve. “Nye County seeks role in nuclear waste project,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 9, 2002. Available at [http://www. reviewjournal. com]. (Tetreault, 2003) Tetreault, Steve. “Congress settles on budget for Yucca Mountain,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6 November 2003. S. Conference of Mayors, Adopted at the 70th Annual Conference of Mayors, Madison, WI, 14-18 June 2002. (WGA, 2000) “Policy Resolution 00-031 – Private Storage of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel,” Western Governors’ Association, Policy Resolution 00-031, 13 June 2000.

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