Radioactive Waste Management in the 21st Century

by William R Roy (Author)
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The safe management of radioactive wastes is of paramount importance in gaining both governmental and societal support for nuclear energy. The scope of this new textbook is to provide a comprehensive perspective on all types of radioactive wastes as to how they are created, classified, characterized, and disposed.Written to emphasize how geology and radionuclide chemistry impact waste management, this book is primarily designed for engineers who have little background in geology with low-level wastes, decommissioning wastes, high-level wastes and spent nuclear fuel.This textbook provides the most up-to-date information available on waste management in several countries. The content of this work includes transporting radioactive materials to disposal facilities. The textbook cites numerous case studies to illustrate past practices, current methodologies and to provide insights on how radioactive wastes may be managed in the future. An international perspective on waste management is also provided to help the readers better understand the diversity in approaches while highlighting what many countries have in common. Review questions for classroom use are provided at the end of each chapter.Contents:

  • Radiation and Exposure
  • Radionuclides in Groundwater
  • Uranium and Thorium Resources and Wastes
  • Low-Level Radioactive Wastes in the United States
  • Management of Used Nuclear Fuel
  • Geological Repositories
  • Managing Decommissioning Wastes
  • Transportation of Radioactive Materials
  • Environmental Restoration in the United States
  • International Management of Radioactive Wastes
  • Appendices:
    • Glossary of Technical Terms
    • The International Atomic Energy Agency Classification of Radioactive Wastes

Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering, college-level faculty, attendees at waste-management training courses, Federal and commercial waste management/site remediation staff, environmental consultants, and waste management personnel in the military.Radioactive waste;Disposal;Management;Spent Nuclear Fuel;Low-level Wastes;Transuranic;Activation Products;Fission Products;Uranium;Thorium;Plutonium;Radium;Tritium;Cesium;Sorption;Radiation;Dosimetry;Dose;Ionizing;ALARA;Half-Life;Hazardous;Groundwater;Cask;Classification;PUREX;Decommissioning;France;Hanford;Japan;Maxey Flats;Texas;Sweden;Finland;Illinois;Nuclear Weapons Complex0Key Features:
  • This textbook presents concise, practical, and updated material about the management of radioactive wastes
  • Review questions are provided at the end of each chapter, making this textbook suitable for immediate classroom use
  • This textbook was written with an emphasis on geology and chemistry
  • An emphasis on international waste management was also made because it is absent in other textbooks

Publication date
June 10, 2021
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12 MB