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Rethinking Nuclear Power in the United States
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Editors: Kenneth A. Vellis
Book Description:
This book explores the topic of nuclear power in the United States. Nearly three decades after the most recent order was placed for a new nuclear power plant in the U.S., several utilities are now expressing interest in building a total of up to 30 new reactors. The renewed interest in nuclear power has resulted primarily from higher prices for natural gas, improved operation of existing reactors, and uncertainty about future restrictions on coal emissions. This book compares the cost of two-fuel cycle alternatives for the current generation of thermal reactors - one alternative being direct disposal, and the other reprocessing. This book also includes analyses of the potential effect of the tax credit for nuclear power provided by the Energy Policy of 2005 and possible competitive effects of various proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Under baseline assumptions, the cost of electricity from new nuclear power plants is likely to be higher than power generated by new coal- and natural gas-fired plants. This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter 1. Nuclear Power's Role in Generating Electricity, pp. 1-56
(Congressional Budget Office)

Chapter 2. Nuclear Power: Outlook for New U.S. Reactors, pp. 57-84
(Larry Parker and Mark Holt)

Chapter 3. Costs of Reprocessing Versus Directly Disposing of Spent, Nuclear Fuel pp. 85-98
(Peter R. Orszag)

Chapter 4. The Federal Government's Liabilities Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, pp. 99-111
(Kim Cawley)

Chapter 5. Nuclear Power Plants: Vulnerability to Terrorist Attack, pp. 113-121
(Mark Holt and Anthony Andrews)

Chapter 6. What Are Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste?, pp. 123-127
(United States Department of Energy)

Chapter 7. Overview: Yucca Mountain Project, pp. 129-132
(United States Department of Energy)

Chapter Sources

Index

   Series:
      Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 6 x 9, 144pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-152-4
   Status: AV
  
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AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
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