Fission Reactors—What Can Go Wrong

  • Linda Baine McGown
  • John O’M. Bockris


There are numerous problems associated with fission reactors, and they are not trivial. We are talking about accidents on the order of magnitude of nuclear attacks in wartime; cancer in the later lives of many of us; genetic defects in future generations of mankind; accumulation of waste products that could be lethal; and even the possibility of terrorist threats that could make airplane hijacking look like simple street muggings. We will discuss all of these problems in this chapter, and then explain why, in light of all these dangers, fission reactors are still being used, constructed, and planned.


Atomic Reactor Fission Reactor Water Cool System Terrorist Threat Reactor Accident 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Baine McGown
    • 1
  • John O’M. Bockris
    • 2
  1. 1.California State UniversityLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Texas A & MCollege StationUSA

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