Radioactive Waste: Politics and Technology

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Figures and tables

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1.1 The nuclear-fuel cycle 8
1.2 Principal radioactive wastes arising in the nuclear-fuel cycle 9
1.3 Comparison of conditioned wastes arising from Magnox, AGR and PWR reactors, assuming reprocessing 10
1.4 Location of power reactors in the UK, Germany and Sweden 12
1.5 Location of nuclear-fuel cycle facilities in the UK, the FRG and Sweden 13
2.1 The decay of radioactivity in PWR spent fuel 23
2.2 The decay of residual heat from PWR spent fuel 24
2.3 Toxic potential of uranium ore and high-level waste 25
2.4 The role of performance assessment in the development of an underground waste-disposal system and subsystems 32
2.5 The boundary of control 38
3.1 Framework for the execution of Entsorgung policy 51
3.2 Accumulation of spent fuel in the FRG to the year 2026 76
3.3 The economics of direct disposal of spent fuel compared with a reprocessing cycle 80
4.1 Policy-making and regulatory framework for radwastes in Sweden 97
4.2 Calculated doses in different scenarios: KBS-3, 1983 126
5.1 The institutional framework for the control of radwastes in the UK 134
5.2 The legal framework for the control of radwastes in the UK 135
5.3 Flowsheet of radwastes at the Sellafield site 146
5.4 Historical discharges of radioactive liquid effluents from the Windscale/Sellafield site 149
6.1 A graph of regulatory priorities in the UK, the FRG and Sweden 204
7.1 Legitimation needs in the back-end of the nuclear-fuel cycle 211

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  • Title Page iii
  • Epigraph vi
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Chapter One - Managing Radioactivity 1
  • Chapter Two - Time and the Boundary of Control 21
  • Chapter Three - The Federal Republic of Germany 47
  • Chapter Four - Sweden 93
  • Chapter Five - The United Kingdom 132
  • Chapter Six - Industry, Regulation and the State: Historical Themes 190
  • Chapter Seven - The Construction of Consent 205
  • Chapter Eight - Conclusions 225
  • Appendix I 231
  • Appendix II 234
  • Bibliography 239
  • Index 253
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