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Nuclear Waste in the Pacific: Perceptions of the Risks

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dc.contributor.advisor Kornhauser, David H. Childs, Iraphne R.W. 2009-07-15T17:46:32Z 2009-07-15T17:46:32Z 1984-05
dc.description PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa 1984
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 322–341).
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the problem of the disposal of high-level nuclear waste in the Pacific region. There is a consensus of scientific opinion that the technical difficulties in waste disposal can be overcome. The most acceptable solution seems to be the multi-barrier approach for deep land-based geologic disposal. A questionnare survey on the perception of nuclear and other hazards, conducted with student populations in Japan and Australia, and a survey of reporting of nuclear "events" in Pacific newspapers over the period 1946 to the 1980s, reveal that the image of nuclear weapons dominates public views on the risks associated with waste disposal in Australia, Japan, and the Pacific Islands. The problem of finding a suitable site for a nuclear waste disposal facility is to a large extent political. The capacity of anti-nuclear groups to influence waste disposal policies in Australia, Japan, and the Pacific Islands is examined. Current public attitudes toward nuclear waste disposal will delay the further development of activities connected with the nuclear fuel cycle, but this may change over time if the connection between commercial nuclear power and nuclear weapons can be severed more effectively. The most urgent problem in the region is the waste from the ambitious nuclear power programs of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Regional co-operation in the waste management field among these three countries, leading to a disposal facility within East Asian territory, should be possible, and would demonstrate a willingess on the part of the East Asians to accept fully the risks, as well as the benefits of electricity generated from nuclear power.
dc.format.extent x, 341 leaves, bound : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 1984]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Geography.
dc.rights All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
dc.subject radioactive waste disposal
dc.subject environmental aspects
dc.subject Pacific Ocean
dc.subject radioactive pollution
dc.subject nuclear waste management
dc.subject high-level radioactive wastes
dc.subject underground disposal
dc.subject site selection
dc.subject political aspects
dc.subject radioactive materials
dc.title Nuclear Waste in the Pacific: Perceptions of the Risks
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.department Geography and Environment
local.identifier.callnumber AC1 .H3 no.1747
local.identifier.callnumber MICROFICHE D33124
local.identifier.voyagerid 1015513
local.thesis.degreelevel PhD
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