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The Bedrock of Opinion

Science, Technology and Society in the Siting of High-Level Nuclear Waste

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Part of the book series: Environment & Policy (ENPO, volume 32)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Prologue

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 1-6
  3. A Critical Matter

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 7-28
  4. Constructing a Theoretical Framework

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 29-48
  5. The Discovery of Nuclear Waste

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 49-73
  6. Interpreting Absolute Safety

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 75-108
  7. No Particular Place to Go

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 109-142
  8. Geologists Mapping Bedrock

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 143-174
  9. The Myth of Democracy

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 175-219
  10. Regulating Technological Systems

    • Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 221-228
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 229-248

About this book

When did man discover nuclear waste? To answer this question, we first have to ask if nuclear waste really is something that could be called a scientific discovery, such as might deserve a Nobel Prize in physics. In early writings within nuclear energy research radioactive waste appears to be a neglected issue, a story never told. Nuclear waste first seems to appear when a public debate arose about public health risks of nuclear power in the late 1960s and early 70s. In nuclear physics, consensus was established at an early stage about the understanding of the splitting of uranium nuclei. The fission products were identified and their chains of disintegration and radioactivity soon were well­ established facts among the involved scientists, as was an awareness of the risks, for example the strong radioactivity of strontium and iodine, and the poisonous effects of plutonium. However, the by-products were never, either in part or in total, called or perceived as waste, just as fission by-products. How and where to dispose of the by-products were questions that were never asked by the pioneers of nuclear physics.

Keywords

  • democracy
  • safety
  • waste management

Authors and Affiliations

  • Section of Science and Technology Studies, Göteborg University, Sweden

    Göran Sundqvist

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Bedrock of Opinion

  • Book Subtitle: Science, Technology and Society in the Siting of High-Level Nuclear Waste

  • Authors: Göran Sundqvist

  • Series Title: Environment & Policy

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9950-4

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-0477-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-90-481-5958-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-015-9950-4

  • Series ISSN: 1383-5130

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0110

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 248

  • Topics: Environmental Management, Political Science, Waste Management/Waste Technology, History

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USD 119.00
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  • Instant PDF download
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  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)