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The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: From Ore to Waste

Edited By: PD Wilson

10 b/w photos, 30 illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Sep 1996 | #59275 | ISBN: 0198565402
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Nuclear power issues have long been controversial, and often discussed from an inadequate or mistaken understanding. This book is a factual description of the whole fuel cycle, with individual chapters on specific topics from uranium mining, through the manufacture and use of fuel, to recycled products, waste disposal and progress towards a cleared site. Basic principles, environmental radioactivity (both natural and artificial) and provisions for safety are also covered. The level is pitched at a general scientific readership not necessarily familiar with the concepts, and although the viewpoint is naturally pro-nuclear, the aim is to inform rather than persuade. Where options are disputed, as whether used fuel should br reprocessed or discarded directly, both are described. The account is mainly of current practices, with the reasons for them. A final chapter suggests possible changes in the near or more distant future.


1. Basic principles; 2. Mining and milling uranium ore; 3. Fuel fabrication; 4. Isotopic enrichment of uranium; 5. Power reactors; 6. Transport and storage of irradiated fuel; 7. Reprocessing irradiated fuel; 8. Recycling uranium and plutonium; 9. Waste management; 10. Disposal of fuel or solid wastes; 11. Environmental radioactivity; 12. Decommissioning nuclear facilities; 13. Management of safety; 14. Future perspectives; Glossary; Appendix I, II, III, & IV; INDEX

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