Nuclear Facilities Siting

Task Committee on Nuclear Effects of the Committee on Air Resources and Environmental Effects Management of the Environmental Engineering Division of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-344-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-344-0 (ISBN-10), 1982, Soft Cover, Pg. 62
13.7 x 21.3 cm
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


A review of the status of requirements for the selection of sites for the facilities comprising the nuclear fuel cycle for electric power production is presented. The report includes a summary of the legal and regulatory constraints that have resulted in complex and lengthy process for licensing of nuclear facilities. The nuclear fuel cycle, including the post-reactor operations of spent fuel reprocessing and waste disposal, is reviewed. Site evaluation factors for each major activity in the fuel cycle include geology, hydrology, demography, geography, meteorology, ecology, and institutional and social aspects. An analysis of current methods available for site evaluation are described. The report concludes with analysis of current issues affecting the ability of the nation's industry to license suitable sites for the many types of facility needed in the nuclear fuel cycle. The report should be of interest to civil engineers concerned with the resolution of technical problems of facility site selection. (Reprinted from the Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, June, 1979.)

Subject Headings: Fuels | Site investigation | Electric power | Nuclear power | Licensure and certification | Social factors | Legal affairs | Radioactive wastes


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