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Burying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste

By: KS Shrader-Frechette

University of California Press

Paperback | Dec 1993 | #27566 | ISBN: 0520083016
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Hardback | Dec 1994 | #27565 | ISBN: 0520082443
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Current US policy regarding high-level radioactive waste is to bury it in specially designed deep depositories. The author, working on the premise that what you can't see, can hurt you, argues that this policy is misguided. She cites the world's first radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada as an example.


Acknowledgments Preface 1. The Riddle of Nuclear Waste 2. Understanding the Origins of the Problem 3. Reliance on Value Judgements in Repository Rock Assessment 4. Subjective Estimates of Repository Risks 5. Subjective Evaluations of Repository Risks 6. Problematic Inferences in Assessing Repository Risks 7. Uncertainty: An Obstacle to Geological Disposal 8. Equity: An Obstacle to Geologic Disposal 9. An Alternative to Permanent Geological Disposal

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K. S. Shrader-Frechette is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida and is the author of twelve books including Risk and Rationality (California, 1990).

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