Focused attention by world leaders is needed to address the substantial challenges posed by disposal of spent nuclear fuel from reactors and high-level radioactive waste from processing such fuel. The biggest challenges in achieving safe and secure storage and permanent waste disposal are societal, although technical challenges remain. Disposition of radioactive wastes in a deep geological repository is a sound approach as long as it progresses through a stepwise decision-making process that takes advantage of technical advances, public participation, and international cooperation. Written for concerned citizens as well as policymakers, this book was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and waste management organizations in eight other countries.Advice given to decision makers in a previous National Research Council report remains relevant to these new initiatives (see Sidebar ... public policy situations in which policy must be guided by technical analysis of risks and uncertainties.
|Title||:||Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel:|
|Author||:||Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Committee on Disposition of High-Level Radioactive Waste Through Geological Isolation, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2001-06-05|