Articles
  • [Periodical Article]

    The Science and Politics of Radioactive Waste Disposal

    About 20 years ago, I took on overall responsibility for the nuclear program at Southern California Edison. As part of that responsibility, I became Edison’s representative on the Steering Committee of the Utility Nuclear Waste Management Group of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which ... Read More

    Author: Lawrence T. Papay

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    The Current Status, Safety, and Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel

    Strong evidence shows that spent nuclear fuel can be stored and transported safely. Spent nuclear fuel, nuclear fuel that has been in an operating nuclear reactor, is listed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) as one of the three constituents of high-level waste- the other two ... Read More

    Author: B. John Garrick

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    Machines, Modifications of Nature, and Engineering Ethics

    Engineers face complex moral issues that cannot be resolved by codes of professional behavior. Ethics, to use the felicitous words Lord Bank uttered three-quarters of a century ago, can be called the "observance of the unenforceable." Ethics falls in the middle of the spectrum, ... Read More

    Author: George Bugliarello

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    International Perspectives on the Reprocessing, Storage, and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

    The chief obstacle to geologic disposal is the lack of public acceptance. The technical maturity and development potential of technologies for the storage, reprocessing, and disposal of spent nuclear fuels differ greatly, as do the political and social issues they raise. The material flows ... Read More

    Author: Charles McCombie

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    Licensing, Design, and Construction of the Yucca Mountain Repository

    Investigations of the natural processes at Yucca Mountain indicate that public health and the environment can be protected. The deep geologic disposal program in the United States began more than 20 years ago, in 1982, with the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), which set forth ... Read More

    Author: Margaret S.Y. Chu and J. Russell Dyer

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    Will the United States Need a Second Geologic Repository?

    Between 2007 and 2010, Congress must consider whether the United States needs a second repository for high-level radioactive waste. Nuclear fission energy requires small inputs of natural resources compared to most other fossil and nonfossil energy technologies. When we consider net ... Read More

    Author: Per F. Peterson

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Release date: Fall 2003

    Volume: 33

    Number: 3