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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for radioactive waste research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
Options for Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste for Countries Developing New Nuclear Power Programmes by
Publication Date: 2019-04-30
Many countries are considering the construction of their first nuclear power plant or the expansion of a small nuclear power programme, and some have limited experience in managing radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The present revised publication provides a concise summary of key issues related to the development of a sound radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel management system. It is intended to brief countries with small or newly established nuclear power programmes about the challenges of, and to describe current and potential alternatives for, managing reactor waste and spent fuel arising during operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants.
Hiroshima-75: Nuclear Issues in Global Contexts by
Publication Date: 2020-04-22
75 years after the United States dropped the world's first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a group of international scholars offers new perspectives on this event and the history, development, and portrayal of the utilization of atomic energy: in military and civilian industries, civil nuclear power, literature and film, and the contemporary world. What lessons have we learned since the end of the Second World War? Can we avoid disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima? Have we learned to live with man-made nuclear power in the 21st century?
Hazardous Waste Management and Health Risks by
Publication Date: 2020-08-24
Hazardous Waste Management and Health Risks presents a systematic overview of evaluating solid and hazardous waste management practices. The book introduces readers to the basic principles of hazardous waste management and progresses into related topics that allow managers to assess environmental quality. These topics include heavy metal pollution, reproductive biomarkers as signals of environmental pressure and health risks, and environmental contamination in an international perspective. With an emphasis on sustainable development throughout the text, a zero-waste strategy as an alternative way to manage hazardous waste is suggested in a dedicated chapter. This reference book is intended as an introductory guide for managers taking waste management training courses and students involved in degree courses related to environmental engineering and management.
Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors by
Publication Date: 2019-12-30
These proceedings present the outcome of the 2015 IAEA international conference on the management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors. Achievements and lessons learned in connection with the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated challenges were shared and reviewed. The conference was organized around seven themes, covering spent fuel management strategies; status and challenges in an integrated approach; safety aspects of spent fuel management; ageing management programmes; storage options in support of an integrated approach; impact of the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle on the back end; and research and development required to deliver an integrated approach. Key goals were to raise awareness on how developments in power generation and availability of disposal can impact on spent fuel management, to evaluate the advances in management of spent fuel from power reactors since the inception of IAEA conferences on this topic, and to identify pending issues and anticipated future challenges. The main ideas and messages expressed and discussed at the conference are presented in the opening addresses, the session summaries and the President's summary and conclusions of the conference. The attached CD contains the papers and posters presented at the conference.
Radioactive Waste Management in the 21st Century by
Call Number: Lakeland Circulation (TD898.17 .R69 2021)
Publication Date: 2021-08-01
The safe management of radioactive wastes is of paramount importance in gaining both governmental and societal support for nuclear energy. The scope of this new textbook is to provide a comprehensive perspective on all types of radioactive wastes as to how they are created, classified, characterized, and disposed.Written to emphasize how geology and radionuclide chemistry impact waste management, this book is primarily designed for engineers who have little background in geology with low-level wastes, decommissioning wastes, high-level wastes and spent nuclear fuel.This textbook provides the most up-to-date information available on waste management in several countries. The content of this work includes transporting radioactive materials to disposal facilities. The textbook cites numerous case studies to illustrate past practices, current methodologies and to provide insights on how radioactive wastes may be managed in the future. An international perspective on waste management is also provided to help the readers better understand the diversity in approaches while highlighting what many countries have in common. Review questions for classroom use are provided at the end of each chapter.Related Link(s)
Inevitably Toxic by
Call Number: Lakeland Circulation (TD179 .I54 2018)
Publication Date: 2018-10-23
Not a day goes by that humans aren't exposed to toxins in our environment--be it at home, in the car, or workplace. But what about those toxic places and items that aren't marked? Why are we warned about some toxic spaces' substances and not others? The essays in Inevitably Toxic consider the exposure of bodies in the United States, Canada and Japan to radiation, industrial waste, and pesticides. Research shows that appeals to uncertainty have led to social inaction even when evidence, e.g. the link between carbon emissions and global warming, stares us in the face. In some cases, influential scientists, engineers and doctors have deliberately "manufactured doubt" and uncertainty but as the essays in this collection show, there is often no deliberate deception. We tend to think that if we can't see contamination and experts deem it safe, then we are okay. Yet, having knowledge about the uncertainty behind expert claims can awaken us from a false sense of security and alert us to decisions and practices that may in fact cause harm. In the epilogue, Hamilton and Sarathy interview Peter Galison, a prominent historian of science whose recent work explores the complex challenge of long term nuclear waste storage.
The Energy Industry by
Call Number: Winter Haven Circulation (HD9502.U52 E4955 2019)
Publication Date: 2018-07-15
The debate over how the energy industry should develop in the United States and beyond has reached a critical point. The search for cleaner and more sustainable fuel sources continues, but with the United States' proposed withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline approved by the Trump administration, the issue of how America's energy policy should develop in the coming years is more complicated than ever. Readers will gain a better understanding of the factual information on the energy industry and learn the key arguments in the debate surrounding it.
Call Number: Lakeland Circulation GN755 .M295 2019
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller The Old Ways, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time"--the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present--he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world."Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep-time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: "Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?" Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane's long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.
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