Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resolving Past Liabilities for Future Reduction in Greenhouse Gases; Nuclear Energy and the Outstanding Federal Liability of Spent Nuclear Fuel
by Donohue, Jay, LL.M., The George Washington University, 2010, 56; 1483987
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis will: (1) examine the current state of nuclear power in the U.S.; (2) provide a comparison of nuclear power to both existing alternative/renewable sources of energy as well as fossil fuels; (3) dissect Standard Contracts created pursuant to the National Waste Policy Act (NWPA), Congress' attempt to find a solution for Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF), and the designation of Yucca Mountain as a repository; (4) the anticipated failure of Yucca Mountain; (5) explore WIPP as well as attempts to build a facility on Native American land in Utah; (6) examine reprocessing as a solution for SNF used by France and Japan; and, finally, (7) propose a solution to reduce GHG's by developing new nuclear energy plants with financial support from the U.S. government and a solution to build a storage facility for SNF through the sitting of a repository based on a "bottom-up" cooperative federalism approach.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paddock, Lee
Commitee: Da Ponte Thornton, Karen
School: The George Washington University
Department: Environmental Law
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Environmental Law, Nuclear physics, Energy
Keywords: Department of energy, Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, Nuclear energy, Spent nuclear fuel, Standard contracts, Yucca Mountain
Publication Number: 1483987
ISBN: 978-1-124-39912-6
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