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Disposing of nuclear waste

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Feb 25, 2013 | From the print edition

>> Too Hot to Touch, the Problem of High Level Nuclear Waste, by William Alley and Rosemarie Alley, Cambridge University Press, US $ 29.9

Too Hot to TouchIn the controversies surrounding nuclear energy, the issue of waste management is as prominent as reactor safety. It is particularly topical in the US since the 2010 closure of the Yucca Mountain repository project.

William and Rosemarie Alley provide an engaging account of the controversies and possibilities surrounding disposal of nuclear waste in the US, with reference also to other countries around the world.

The book tells the history of controversies about nuclear waste from the beginnings after World War II up to today, bringing to life the pioneering science, the political wrangling and media drama, and the not-in-my-backyard communities fighting to put waste elsewhere.

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