Nuclear Reactor History and Fuel Cycle Management Proposals


Federico E. Diaz (Editor)
Scott J. Hayes (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices, Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC028000

A major concern about the global expansion of nuclear power is the potential spread of nuclear fuel cycle technology (particularly uranium enrichment and spent fuel processing) that could be used for nuclear weapons. Despite 30 years of effort to limit access to uranium enrichment, several undeterred states pursued clandestine nuclear programs, the A.Q. Khan black market network’s sales to Iran and North Korea representing the most egregious examples. However, concern over the spread of enrichment and reprocessing technologies may be offset by support for nuclear power as a cleaner and more secure alternative to fossil fuels. This book explores the history of reactor and fuel cycle technologies development with a focus on the policy implications of expanding global access to nuclear power and U.S. uranium reserve estimates. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Abridged History of Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technologies Development: A White Paper for the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission

Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Policy Implications of Expanding Global Access to Nuclear Power
(Mary Beth Nikitin, Anthony Andrews, Mark Holt, CRS)

U.S. Uranium Reserves Estimates
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)

2010 Domestic Uranium Production Report
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Uranium Marketing Annual Report
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)


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