Radiation Hazards | The National Academy of Sciences at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation

Authors: Lindee S., Garrick B.J., Crowley K., Creager A.

Division of Anthropology and Psychology work on how to manage the population in the event of a nuclear disaster; the work of the BEAR/BEIR Committee (Biological Effects of Atomic/Ionizing Radiation), including background in the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission; the Galley report in the '60s, an NAS study of radioactive waste disposal for the AEC; the BEIR reports on the health risks of radon (1988) and the health effects of low-level ionizing radiation (1990). John Garrick - NRC Committee for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

Oct 18, 2013

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The Nation's Quest for a Permanent Solution to the Disposal of High Level Radioactive Waste

Authors: Garrick B.J.

The absence of a permanent solution to the disposal of high activity radioactive waste after several decades of nuclear power plant operation does not speak well for the nation's will to solve this problem. The interim solution of on-site storage and management, while successful and safe, does not position the nuclear energy option favorably for the nation's long term quest for clean sources of energy independent of foreign suppliers. The leading contender for permanently isolating high activity waste from the biosphere is deep geologic disposal.

Nov 07, 2012

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