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The Politics of Siting a Nuclear Waste Repository

Gerald Jacob analyzes the history of nuclear waste policies from the post-World War II era through passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act in the 1980s. . . . The book is interesting, well-written, and well-documented. . . . As a result, the book provides a valuable foundation for understanding much of the history of nuclear waste policy making.
Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

Gerald Jacob views the history of public policy regarding nuclear waste, culminating in the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy act and its aftermath. The 1982 act promised a solution, but Jacob believes it deferred to the interests of the nuclear utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy. He describes how the nuclear establishment used science and geography to protect its interests and dominate nuclear waste policy making. He examines the federal promotion of nuclear power, and asserts that federal policies strong-armed public opposition, and locked the country into a single, but flawed waste disposal solution.

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Gerald Jacob

Gerald Jacob is a former a policy analyst for the state of Utah, monitoring the US Department of Energy’s nuclear waste program, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Gerald Jacob