A Distant Light: Scientists and Public Policy by Henry W. Kendall (auth.), Henry W. Kendall (eds.)

By Henry W. Kendall (auth.), Henry W. Kendall (eds.)

A number of essays by way of a Nobel Prize Laureate on a variety of serious matters dealing with the area, and the position of scientists in fixing those difficulties. Kendall has been heavily concerned with the Union of involved Scientists, a gaggle that begun as a casual assocation at MIT in 1969 to protest US involvement in Vietnam and is this day a firm with an annual price range exceeding $6 million, with 100,000 supporters around the world. UCD is this day a voice of authority in US govt technological know-how coverage, rather in regards to atmosphere matters, such a lot lately the global projects on international warming. jointly, those essays signify either the sucessses and screw ups of technological know-how to affect public coverage, the demanding situations dealing with scientists, and provides useful guidance for involvement in technological know-how coverage. The essays are approximately chronological, prepared by means of topic with introductions, starting with the controversies on nuclear energy defense and 3 Mile Island,then via sections on nationwide safety concerns, worldwide environmental and source problems,and radioactive cleanup and different present matters. Kendall's Nobel Prize lecture in addition to a extra renowned model thereof is additionally integrated (and is the one relatively technical fabric within the book). The pictures within the ebook are Kendall's, from an 1992 exhibition of his paintings. Henry Kendall used to be provided the Nobel Prize in physics (jointly with J.I.Friedman and R.E. Taylor) in 1990 for his examine within the constitution of the proton and netron. In 1969, he was once one in all a gaggle of physicist who based the Union of involved Scientists (UCS) and is presently Chairman of its Board of Directors.

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It is said that similar tests will be run with a larger core; the results will shed light on this question . There are differences between the emergency coolant systems of pressurizedwater and boiling-water reactors . The LOFT program results are directly applicable only to pressurized-water reactors. Equivalent tests applicable to boiling-water reactors have not yet been performed. We have, however, found that similar important uncertainties are associated with the emergency systems of both types.

W. 2000 22 NUCLEAR POWER product inventory. The resulting catastrophe and loss of life might well exceed anything this nation has seen in time of peace. The nation cannot move to dependence on nuclear power until the possibility of such an accident is totally negligible. Our deep concern over this situation has led us to study the technical nature of a loss-of-coolant accident and the emergency core-cooling systems designed to prevent meltdown . We have evaluated the possible consequences of a major fission product release and have assessed in some detail what the lethality and range of the radioactive cloud might be from an accident involving a large modem reactor.

Some idea of the hazardous nature of the materials involved comes from recognizing that the strontium-90 inventory in the reactor we are considering is sufficient to contaminate more than 1000 cubic miles of water in excess of permitted ABC tolerance levels. Many of the power reactors now operating are sited near metropolitan areas, and a very large number are planned to be similarly sited. One reactor under construction near Boston is within 50 miles of close to 3,000,000 persons, and is 6 miles from a town of 15,000 persons.

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