Uncertainty underground: Yucca Mountain and the nation's high-level nuclear waste

Front Cover
MIT Press, Apr 28, 2006 - Nature - 431 pages
1 Review
Despite approval by Congress and the Bush administration and over seven billion dollars already spent, the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, site for disposal of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is not yet in operation. The reasons for the delay lie not only in citizen and activist opposition to the project but also in the numerous scientific and technical issues that remain unresolved. Although many scientists favor geologic disposal of high-level nuclear waste, there are substantial unknowns in projecting the performance of a site over the tens to hundreds of thousands of years that may be required by Environmental Protection Agency standards. Uncertainty Underground is the first effort to review the uncertainties in the analysis of the long-term performance of the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain. The book does not pass judgment on the suitability of the site but provides reliable science-based information to support open debate and inquiry into its safety.

Experts from the geosciences, industry, and government review different aspects of the repository system, focusing on the uncertainties inherent in each. After an overview of the historical and regulatory context, the contributors investigate external factors (including climate change and volcanic activity) that could affect repository performance and then turn to topics concerning the repository itself. These include hydrologic issues, the geological conditions with which the nuclear waste in the repository would interact, and the predicted behavior of the different kinds of waste and waste package materials. Uncertainty Underground succeeds in making these important technical issues understandable to a wide audience, including policymakers and the general public.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - FlanneryAC - LibraryThing

This is a collection of articles (around 10-15 pages each) related to the siting of a geologic repository for the nation's spent nuclear fuel. I read most (skimmed the rest) of the articles whilst ... Read full review

Review: Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste

User Review  - Peggiethorn - Goodreads

this is a book of scholarly essays. Very useful if you are looking at science, sound science and the DOE's investigation of Yucca Mountain. Read full review

Related books


Setting the Stage
Regulating the Geologic Disposal of HighLevel Nuclear Waste

20 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References from web pages

Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High ...
Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: The MIT Press, 2006 Apr. ...
belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/ publication/ 1976/ uncertainty_underground.html

Uncertainty underground : Yucca Mountain and the nation's high ...
Uncertainty underground : Yucca Mountain and the nation's high-level nuclear waste. By: Allison Macfarlane; Rodney C Ewing ...
worldcat.org/ isbn/ 9780262134620

Subterranean storage blues : Article : Nature
BOOK REVIEWED-Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste. edited by Allison M. Macfarlane and Rodney C. Ewing ...
www.nature.com/ nature/ journal/ v442/ n7103/ full/ 442633a.html

Uncertainty Underground - Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High ...
Uncertainty Underground:. Yucca Mountain and the Nation’s. High-Level Nuclear Waste. Allison Macfarlane. July 7, 2006. STS Program, MIT ...
www.state.nv.us/ nucwaste/ news2006/ pdf/ nv060707macfarlane.pdf

Uncertainty Underground
373. E. LEMENTS. D. ECEMBER. 2006. Book Review. Two decades ago the United States Congress. determined that only Yucca Mountain, Nevada, ...
elements.geoscienceworld.org/ cgi/ reprint/ 2/ 6/ 373.pdf

Uncertainty Underground - E-Mail This Link - The MIT Press
Experts from science, industry, and government discuss the unresolved scientific and technical issues surrounding the Yucca Mountain site as a geologic ...
mitpress.mit.edu/ catalog/ item/ sendto.asp?ttype=2& tid=10853

JSTOR: Underlying Yucca Mountain: The Interplay of Geology and ...
Underlying Yucca Mountain: The Interplay of Geology and Policy in Nuclear Waste Disposal. Allison Macfarlane. Social Studies of Science, Vol. 33, No. ...
links.jstor.org/ sici?sici=0306-3127(200310)33%3A5%3C783%3AUYMTIO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-T

Environmental Practice 9:04 FEATURES & REVIEWS
BOOK REVIEWS. The Chemistry and Technology of Magnesia. ma Shand. 2006. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 266 pp. $89.95 cloth. doi: 10.1017/S1466046607070445 ...
journals.cambridge.org/ production/ action/ cjoGetFulltext?fulltextid=1820732

St. Olaf College | 2007 Science Symposium
St. Olaf Campus Photo. Science Symposium. » About the Symposium; » Schedule; » Speakers. Science Symposium; Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Science Center ...
www.stolaf.edu/ events/ sciencesymposium/ speakers.html

【楽天市場】Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the ...
タイトル:Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste:UNCERTAINTY UNDERGROUND ...
item.rakuten.co.jp/ book/ 4776449/

About the author (2006)

Allison M. Macfarlane is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.

Rodney C. Ewing is Donald R. Peacor Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where he also holds appointments in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Emeritus Regents' Professor at the University of New Mexico.