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Plutonium, Nuclear Power, and the Bomb

The global threat from the failed quest for a dream reactor

Authors: von Hippel, Frank, Takubo, Masafumi

  • Provides a detailed account of $200 billion of wasted effort in developing reprocessing and plutonium breeder reactors
  • Gives an overview of the status of global reprocessing programmes and considers societal issues such as nuclear-weapon proliferation, nuclear safety, fuel storage, environmental impact and nuclear terrorism
  • Considers scientific, economic and social factors, written at a level suitable for policy makers and scientifically literate general readers
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This book provides a readable and thought-provoking analysis of the issues surrounding nuclear fuel reprocessing and fast-neutron reactors, including discussion of resources, economics, radiological risk and resistance to nuclear proliferation. It describes the history and science behind reprocessing, and gives an overview of the status of reprocessing programmes around the world. It concludes that such programs should be discontinued.

While nuclear power is seen by many as the only realistic solution to the carbon emission problem, some national nuclear establishments have been pursuing development and deployment of sodium-cooled plutonium breeder reactors, and plutonium recycling. Its proponents argue that this system would offer significant advantages relative to current light water reactor technology in terms of greater uranium utilization efficiency, and that separating out the long-lived plutonium and other transuranics from spent fuel and fissioning them in fast reactors would greatly reduce the duration of the toxicity of radioactive waste. However, the history of efforts to deploy this system commercially in a number of countries over the last six decades has been one of economic and technical failure and, in some cases, was used to mask clandestine nuclear weapon development programs.

Covering topics of significant public interest including nuclear safety, fuel storage, environmental impact and the spectre of nuclear terrorism, this book presents a comprehensive analysis of the issue for nuclear engineers, policy analysts, government officials and the general public.

About the authors

Jungmin Kang is a member the International Panel on Fissile Materials and a consultant for Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. Kang received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. Kang worked in Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security in 1998-2000 and Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University in 2006-2008. Kang was a senior research fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2015-2017. Previously, Kang spent four years at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea, as a visiting professor. During 2018, Kang served as the Chairman of South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.

Frank von Hippel is Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear physics (1962) from Oxford University. He co-founded Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security and was founding co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials from 2006-14. During 1993-4, he served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  In 1993, he received the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” award and, in 2010, the American Physical Society’s Leo Szilard Award “for his outstanding work and leadership in using physics to illuminate public policy in the areas of nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy, and energy efficiency." He has worked on fissile material policy issues for over forty years.

Masafumi Takubo is a self-taught, Tokyo-based writer on nuclear-policy issues. He is a member the International Panel on Fissile Materials and a consultant for Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. He set up the Kakujoho.net (Nuclear Information) website in 2005 to provide Japanese policy makers, journalists and citizens, with timely, in-depth analysis and research tools related to nuclear issues.  He publishes in several Japanese magazines, and taught a course on Peace Studies at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1975 he has worked with Gensuikin, the Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, in various capacities and helped organize numerous international conferences.



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  • Due: September 5, 2019
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plutonium, Nuclear Power, and the Bomb
Book Subtitle
The global threat from the failed quest for a dream reactor
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-9901-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-9900-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour
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