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The Reporter's Handbook on Nuclear Materials, Energy, and Waste Management
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An essential reference for journalists, activists, and students, this book presents scientifically accurate and accessible overviews of 24 of the most important issues in the nuclear realm, including: health effects, nuclear safety and engineering, TMI and Chernobyl, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, transport of nuclear materials, spent fuel, nuclear weapons, global warming.

Each "brief" is based on interviews with named scientists, engineers, or administrators in a nuclear specialty, and each has been reviewed by a team of independent experts. The objective is not to make a case for or against nuclear-related technologies, but rather to provide definitive background information. (The approach is based on that of The Reporter's Environmental Handbook, published in 1988, which won a special award for journalism from the Sigma Delta Chi Society of professional journalists.)

Other features of the book include: a glossary of hundreds of terms, an introduction to risk assessment, environmental and economic impacts, and public perceptions, an article by an experienced reporter with recommendations about how to cover nuclear issues, quick guides to the history of nuclear power in the United States, important federal legislation and regulations, nuclear position statements, and key organizations, print and electronic resources.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. About CRESP
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part I: Getting Started
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. How to Use the Handbook
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Why Now? Why This Discussion?
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Crosscutting Themes
  2. pp. 8-22
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  1. Covering Nukes: Play Hard, but Play Fair
  2. pp. 23-47
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  1. Part II:Briefs
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. Section 1: Radionuclides and Human Health Effects
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. Section 2: Sustainability: Will There Be Enough Uranium and Nuclear Fuel and at What Cost?
  2. pp. 53-63
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  1. Closing the Civilian Nuclear Fuel Cycleand Spent Nuclear Fuel:The Opportunity and the Challenge
  2. pp. 64-77
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  1. Nuclear Power Plant Safety Systems
  2. pp. 78-84
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  1. Three Mile Island and Chernobyl:What Happened and Lessons Learned
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities
  2. pp. 93-113
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  1. Transportation of Nuclear Waste
  2. pp. 99-109
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  1. The Economics of Nuclear Power
  2. pp. 110-119
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  1. Civilian Uses of Radiation andRadioactive Material (Other thanCommercial Nuclear Power)
  2. pp. 120-128
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  1. Section 3: Nuclear Waste Policy in the United States: Classification, Management, and Disposition
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. Monitoring and Surveillanceof Nuclear Waste Sites
  2. pp. 145-151
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  1. Impact of Radionuclides and Nuclear Wasteon Nonhumans and Ecosystems
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. Long-Term Surveillance and Maintenanceat Closed Nuclear Waste Sites
  2. pp. 158-163
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  1. Section 4: Managing the Nuclear Weapons Legacy
  2. pp. 164-171
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  1. Dirty Bombs (Radiological Dispersal Devices)
  2. pp. 172-178
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  1. Nuclear Nonproliferation
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. Protecting Nuclear Power Plantsagainst Terrorism
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. International Agencies and Policy
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Section 5: Global Warming and Fuel Sources
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Public Perceptions of Risk andNuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons,and Nuclear Waste
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. Risk Communicationabout Nuclear Materials
  2. pp. 218-224
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  1. Part III:
  2. pp. 225-226
  1. History of Nuclear Powerin the United States and Worldwide
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Important Federal Legislationand Regulations
  2. pp. 233-244
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  1. American Nuclear SocietyPosition Statements
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Background on Key OrganizationsRelated to U.S. Nuclear Programs
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Key Sources
  2. pp. 249-250
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 251-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-306
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