YUCCA MOUNTAIN: HAVEN OR HELL?




A non-fiction book by


John Bruce Davies, Ph.D.








25 March 2002


daviesresearch @ yahoo.com










This document may not be copied or quoted without written permission of the author.




Copyright 2002 by John Bruce Davies














CONTENTS



Chapter 1: Overview


Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Dump Siting

Nuclear Dangers and Hazards

Legal Issues

Format


Chapter 2: Power and Pollution


Old Power

New Power

Nuclear Origins

The Manhattan Project

Nuclear Power

Nuclear Pollution


Chapter 3: A Political Repository


Early Years

Yucca Mountain

Recent Developments

National Concerns


Chapter 4: Nuclear Waste and Transport


Nuclear Wastes

Shipping Nuclear Waste

Radiation Exposure

Nuclear Accident Potential

Nuclear Accident Consequences

Transport Cask Performance

Cask Handling


Chapter 5: Nuclear Waste Storage


Central Dump Costs

Impacts of Nuclear Waste Storage

Surface Facilities

Subsurface Facilities

Nuclear Waste Storage

Nuclear Waste Criticality


Chapter 6: Basin and Range Province


Origins

Earthquakes

Seismic Pumping

Groundwater

Mineral Deposition

Climate


Chapter 7: Yucca Mountain Geology


Rocks and Volcanism

Fractures and Permeability

Seepage

Groundwater

Well Tests

Faulting

Anomalous Strains

Earthquake Hydrologic Effects

Hot Upwelling Fluids

Mineral Deposition


Chapter 8: Critical Risks


Radiation Poisoning

Criticality

Nuclear Disasters

Risk Analyses

Uncertainties


Chapter 9: Hazard Scenarios


Transport

Collapse

Earthquake

Groundwater Change

Overheating

Climate Change

Volcanoes

Human Intrusion

New Science


Chapter 10: Issues and Solutions


Licensing

Legal Action

Alternative Solutions