Environmental Impact of Nuclear Power Plants - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080199566, 9781483150710

Environmental Impact of Nuclear Power Plants

1st Edition

Proceedings of a Conference Held November 26-30, 1974, Sponsored by the School of Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 USA

Editors: R. A. Karam Karl Z. Morgan
eBook ISBN: 9781483150710
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 556
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Environmental Impact of Nuclear Power Plants contains the proceedings of a conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 26-30, 1974 and sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Nuclear Engineering. The papers focus on the environmental impact of nuclear power plants and are organized into six parts: plant site selection; ecosystems and ecological effects; radioactive waste and thermal pollution; standards and guidelines in the preparation of environmental reports; cost-benefit analysis; environmental impact studies of various power sources.

Comprised of 23 chapters, this book begins with an assessment of siting considerations for nuclear power plants from a government perspective. The instrument used by Florida Power & Light in evaluating a power plant site is described, along with an ecosystem approach to atomic energy development. The discussion then turns to impact assessment for nuclear power plants and its implications for ecological and environmental sciences; radioactive waste systems and radioactive effluents; engineering aspects of heat dissipation in water bodies; and transportation of nuclear materials. Subsequent chapters deal with recommendations, standards, and regulations concerning the preparation of environmental reports for nuclear power plants; cost-benefit analysis in nuclear power plant licensing actions; and radioactive waste discharges at nuclear power plants.

This monograph will be of interest to nuclear engineers and environmental policymakers.

Table of Contents


Session 1. Plant Site Selection

"Siting Considerations for Nuclear Power Plants — The Government View"

"The Florida Power & Light Power Plant Site Evaluation Instrument"

Session 2. Ecology

"The Ecosystem Approach"

"Impact Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants : Implications for Ecological and Environmental Sciences"

"Non-Radiological Effects on Terrestrial Environs"

"Suitability Indices for Ecological Evaluation of Alternatives"

Session 3. Radioactive Waste and Thermal Pollution

"Radioactive Waste Systems and Radioactive Effluents"

"Engineering Aspects of Heat Dissipation in Water Bodies"

"Chemical Discharges and Sanitary Effluents Sections in Environmental Impact Statements for Nuclear Power Plants"

"Transportation of Nuclear Materials"

Session 4. Standards and Guidelines in the Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements

"Guidelines of the Council on Environmental Quality for the Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements"

"Recommendations, Standards, and Regulations"

"The Bases for Standards and Regulations"

"The Concept of 'As Low As Practicable' and Balancing the Benefits Against the Risks"

"Types of Environmental Health Physics Data that Should Be Collected and Evaluated in a Nuclear Power Program"

"Social Impacts of Nuclear Power Plants"

Session 5. Cost-Benefit Analysis

"The Basis for Standards in Cost-Benefit Analysis in Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Actions"

"Economic and Environmental Balancing in Response to NEPA for Electric Power Generating Plants"

Session 6. Environmental Impact Studies of Various Power Sources

"A Review of Impact Statements for Various Power Reactors"

"Environmental Impact Statements — Their Preparation and Their Problems"

"Safety Comparison of Light Water and Fast Reactors"

"A Review of Radioactive Waste Discharges at Nuclear Power Plants"

"An Examination of Some of the Criticisms of Those in Opposition to the Nuclear Industry"


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