The Impact of Nuclear Power on the Public: The American Experience

Sonder-Vortragsveranstaltung der Klasse für Natur-, Ingenieur- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften in der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich am 24. Januar 1973

  • Authors
  • Victor Potter Bond

Part of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften book series (VN, volume 238)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-5
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 55-58

About this book


The American experience with respect to electrical power production has undergone and is undergoing considerable evolution. Early, frequently strident debates tended to focus on the risks and benefits of only one pos­ sible power source (nuclear), and on one possible hazard (radiation from routine releases). Discussions and analyses now have tended to become more moderate, and deal with not only one but all feasible power sources, as well as the costs and benefits associated with fuel production, the operation of such sources, fuel transportation and waste disposal. Radiation from routine releases is no longer a major issue. A number of attempts have been made to assess the total benefits and risks of nuclear versus fossil fuel plants, in order to allow a rational basis for deciding on what type of source is best for a given situation. More data and more refined analyses are needed; how­ ever, most of those completed to date have concluded that the overall cost in terms of possible damage to health and the environment is least for nuclear power, next for oil and the greatest for coal-fired plants.


damage development environment fuel health iron plants production radiation risk waste

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien 1974
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-08238-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-322-88501-2
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