Cover of: The accident hazards of nuclear power plants | Richard E. Webb

The accident hazards of nuclear power plants

Published by University of Massachusetts Press in Amherst, MA .
Written in English.

About the Book

Nuclear power plants present a hazard to the health and safety of the public because they are subject to accident, such as an explosion, in which harmful substances called radioactivity could be released to the atmosphere as dust and expose a large population to lethal or injurious radiation. The source of this accident hazard is the nuclear reactor, which is the heart of the plant. It generates the nuclear energy for making electricity, and in the process, it also generates the radioactivity as a by-product. This radioactivity builds up in the reactor and is even used as fuel in the case of plutonium, which is perhaps the most potent of all radioactive substances. In order to assess the hazards of nuclear power plants, therefore, we must investigate the accident potential of the various nuclear reactors in use or planned for use. - Introduction.

Table of Contents

Introduction : The magnitude of the hazard (the WASH-740 Report)
Present nuclear power plants (water-cooled reactors) : description and accident fundamentals
The classes of reactor accidents
Design basis accidents v. worse possible accidents
Accident probability and informational needs
The Rasmussen Report
The 1964-1965 reexamination of WASH-740
The American Physical Society Report
The secret hazards research recommendations of 1964 : a critical juncture
The explosion hazard of the advanced "Breeder" reactor (LMFBR)
Remarks on sabotage and other considerations
Who should decide? : Constitutional analysis and argument
Appendix one : The final Rasmussen Report
Appendix two : Summary description of fourteen accidents and near accidents in nuclear reactors

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
TK1078 .W42

The Physical Object

x, 228 p.
Number of pages
24 x x centimeters

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