Burying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste

Burying Uncertainty Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste Shrader Frechette looks at current U S government policy regarding the nation s high level radioactive waste both scientifically and ethically What should be done with our nation s high level radioact

  • Title: Burying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste
  • Author: Kristin Shrader-Frechette
  • ISBN: 9780520083011
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shrader Frechette looks at current U.S government policy regarding the nation s high level radioactive waste both scientifically and ethically.What should be done with our nation s high level radioactive waste, which will remain hazardous for thousands of years This is one of the most pressing problems faced by the nuclear power industry, and current U.S government poliShrader Frechette looks at current U.S government policy regarding the nation s high level radioactive waste both scientifically and ethically.What should be done with our nation s high level radioactive waste, which will remain hazardous for thousands of years This is one of the most pressing problems faced by the nuclear power industry, and current U.S government policy is to bury radwastes in specially designed deep repositories.K S Shrader Frechette argues that this policy is profoundly misguided on both scientific and ethical grounds Scientifically because we cannot trust the precision of 10,000 year predictions that promise containment of the waste Ethically because geological disposal ignores the rights of present and future generations to equal treatment, due process, and free informed consent.Shrader Frechette focuses her argument on the world s first proposed high level radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada Analyzing a mass of technical literature, she demonstrates the weaknesses in the professional risk assessors arguments that claim the site is sufficiently safe for such a plan We should postpone the question of geological disposal for at least a century and use monitored, retrievable, above ground storage of the waste until then Her message regarding radwaste is clear what you can t see can hurt you.

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