Nuclear energy plants, Health, Nuclear reactors, Safety measure, Radioecology
The nuclear power plant has given new direction to power generation. It offers a new source of heat. The heat can now come from the fission of atomic fuel and not from the burning of fossil fuel. Safety and protection from the possible hazards of radioactivity generated by nuclear power plants is a completely new and untested area. Emergency systems and over designed construction are only part of what has to be done to make absolutely certain such accidents, if they occur, will be contained allowing no harmful radioactivity to reach the environment. Handling of radioactive wastes is very critical in a nuclear power plant. These wastes have to be stored in protective containers and transported to predetermined storage sites. At these sites the containers of radioactive wastes are lowered into large salt mines. Licensing and regulation of nuclear power plants during construction and operation is the responsibility of the Atomic Energy Commission. The five member federal panel has issues strict requirements that must be met in each step in the process of obtaining permits and licenses, construction, and generation.
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McLellon, Waldron M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
v, 42 pages
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Nuclear energy -- Plants -- Health aspects, Nuclear reactors -- Safety measure, Radioecology
Schweikart, Raymond E., "The Safety and Environmental Effects of Nuclear Power Plants" (1973). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 73.