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The Reporter's Handbook on Nuclear Materials, Energy, and Waste Management

Michael R. Greenberg (author) Bernadette M. West (author)
Karen W. Lowrie (author)
Henry J. Mayer (author)

ISBN: 9780826516602

Publication Date: Apr 2009

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Presents overviews of twenty-four of the most important issues in the nuclear realm, including: health effects, nuclear safety and engineering, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, transport of nuclear materials, spent fuel, nuclear weapons, and global warming.
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An essential reference for journalists, activists, and students, this book presents scientifically accurate and accessible overviews of twenty-four of the most important issues in the nuclear realm, including: health effects, nuclear safety and engineering, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, transport of nuclear materials, spent fuel, nuclear weapons, and global warming. Each 'brief' is based on interviews with named scientists, engineers, or administrators in a nuclear specialty, and each has been reviewed by a team of independent experts. The objective is not to make a case for or against nuclear-related technologies, but rather to provide definitive background information. (The approach is based on that of "The Reporter's Environmental Handbook", published in 1988, which won a special award for journalism from the Sigma Delta Chi Society of professional journalists.) Other features of the book include: a glossary of hundreds of terms; an introduction to risk assessment; environmental and economic impacts, and public perceptions; an article by an experienced reporter with recommendations about how to cover nuclear issues; quick guides to the history of nuclear power in the United States, important federal legislation and regulations, nuclear position statements, and key organizations; and, references for print and electronic resources.
Illustrations glossary, resource section, index
Pages 304
Date Published 30 Apr 2009
Publisher Vanderbilt University Press
Subject/s Nuclear issues   Nuclear power industries   Nuclear weapons  
Three of the authors (Michael Greenberg, Karen Lowrie, and Henry Mayer) are associated with the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfield Redevelopment at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Greenberg also serves as Associate Editor for Environmental Health for the American Journal of Public Health and as Editor-in-Chief of Risk Analysis, where Lowrie serves as Managing Editor. Bernadette West is Co-Chair of the Health Systems and Policy Department at UMDNJ School of Public Health.

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