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Nuclear proliferation and civilian nuclear power

United States. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

Nuclear proliferation and civilian nuclear power

report of the Nonproliferation alternative systems assessment program

by United States. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

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Published by Dept. of Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. in Washington .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Nuclear nonproliferation,
  • Nuclear energy

  • Edition Notes

    StatementU.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
    SeriesDOE/NE ; 0001, DOE/NE ; 0001/1-9
    The Physical Object
    Pagination10 v. :
    Number of Pages10
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14885771M

    It is highly doubtful that the physical security afforded to plutonium and highly enriched uranium would be effective against thefts involving the sophistication displayed in many modern thefts of money or other materials less valuable than a nuclear weapon; the value of stolen nuclear materials would be measured in millions of dollars and a complete weapon would be worth many times more. This material could be obtained by theft, by "donation" from a nation sympathetic to the terrorists, or by purchasing it on a black market. The timeframe from the start of construction of a commercial nuclear power station through the safe disposal of its last radioactive waste, may be to years. Finally, no U. The new nuclear order that will emerge years hence will be the result of the interplay of state motives for pursuing nuclear power and constraints on that pursuit.

    Spent fuel and high level waste disposal research and development is expensive, complex, and time-consuming; a multinational cooperative approach would enable the efficient sharing of costs, resources, knowledge, and experience, and will generate the credibility that is gained from collaborative work among the leading experts in the field. Finally, several U. The number of full-time energy subsidy economists is currently measured in the scores rather than in the hundreds. With the benefit of hindsight, however, it is as interesting to note the major future security issues that were not addressed in the volume as it is to recognize those that were. There are only a few remaining countries for which complete and permanent removal is a realistic prospect.

    Cochran, W. They are complemented by controls on the export of sensitive technology from countries such as UK and United States through voluntary bodies such as the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Continuing to neglect this menace is a recipe for disaster. The Psychology of National Proliferation As long as nations possessing nuclear weapons continue to behave as though they feel more secure with than without them, more nonnuclear states can be expected to join "the nuclear club.


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Nuclear proliferation and civilian nuclear power book

However, in most countries it will be decades before repositories are available to accept waste in sufficient quantities to begin to significantly reduce the inventory.

This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves. The potential for a subnational nuclear threat is best managed by securing and eliminating nuclear material that can be used in a nuclear weapon: HEU and plutonium.

North Korea was once a signatory but withdrew in January Far preferable would be for other nuclear power operators to adopt insurance levels that the U.

But these arguments must be weighed against the fact that storing tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey and potentially in other NATO nations comes with the increasing risk of vulnerability to an evolving and more deadly terrorist threat, or to domestic unrest.

Nuclear safety rules in the United States "do not adequately weigh the risk of a single event that would knock out electricity from the grid and from emergency generators, as a quake and tsunami recently did in Japan", Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said in June The Department of Energy, meanwhile, announced that it essentially viewed such information as proprietary.

A distinguished graduate of the Naval Academy, he completed a thirty-five-year career as a nuclear submariner and commanded US Strategic Command prior to retirement. Supply chains are rapidly digitizing. In the case of Turkey, the warning bells have been ringing for over three years.

A more promising approach is a step-by-step process with sanctions relief and assistance metered according to denuclearization step. It is seen as an important litmus test on the seriousness of the United States' intention to nuclear disarm.

Moving Beyond the Bilateral Track to Get Regional Buy-in for Denuclearization While recent talks have been focused on bilateral exchanges, a long-term solution for the Korean Peninsula will need to be multilateral in nature—including China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia—and address the security, economic, and political concerns of all the parties.

It is also possible that international illegal markets in nuclear weapon materials or, conceivably, in complete nuclear weapons, may develop in the future, as they have for a wide variety of other weapons in the past. A good place to start would be to work with g to agree to a modest follow-on action plan to Copenhagen that would include establishing common energy project-cost accounting and international bidding rules that track these agreements.

For purposes of implementing this law, this nominal figure should be covered entirely with private investment; not by resort to rate hikes for ratepayers. The Act of gave the Commission its collegial structure and established its major offices.

Other governments have renewed their plans for reactor construction as well. Finally, no U. In reality, subsidy policies are politically challenging to implement. As a result, most waste management organizations continue to struggle to establish sustainable disposal pathways.

IAEA safeguards, together with bilateral safeguards applied under the NPT can, and do, ensure that uranium supplied by countries such as Australia and Canada does not contribute to nuclear weapons proliferation. What is clear is that the decisions we make in the coming years regarding arms control and disarmament, the spread of nuclear power technology, and the reform of international regimes will strongly determine whether a hopeful or frightening nuclear future emerges just over the horizon.

In fact, the non-proliferation architecture has been reasonably successful. Department of Energy sites, defense waste also lacks a disposal pathway. Nevertheless, the activities were detected and brought under control using international diplomacy.

If we do not, we have no one to blame but ourselves as nuclear weapons proliferate.Looking at the way government and industry officials downplay the risks of civilian nuclear technology and materials being diverted to make bombs, one would get almost the opposite impression. In fact, most governments have made the promotion of nuclear power’s growth and global development a top priority.

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The High and Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power

Links between civilian nuclear technologies and nuclear weapons proliferation should be viewed in the larger context of the interactions of three sets of issues: nuclear-energy options and choices; the potential proliferation of nuclear weapons capabilities to additional nations (and perhaps sub-national groups); and the status of major-power nuclear armaments and arms sylvaindez.com by: 4.

This study investigated the relationship between civilian nuclear power development and nuclear weapons proliferation in various countries who participated in Atoms for Peace program by developing a supporting database.

The results of correlation analysis indicated that nuclear weapons proliferation and civilian nuclear power program may be Cited by: 6. An updated edition of ABC-CLIO's classic reference book on nuclear arms programs and proliferation in nations around the world. Fully updated and revised since its initial publication, Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation, Second Edition explores all key issues related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and efforts to curb them, from the U.S.

atomic bomb project during World War II to. Mon, May 20, US nuclear energy leadership: Innovation and the strategic global challenge A flourishing domestic nuclear energy sector is critical to US national security, both in the interconnections between military and civilian uses of nuclear energy, as well as in foreign policy.

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is opened for signature. The treaty recognizes five states as “nuclear weapons states”: the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, and China. With the exception of Israel, all states in the Middle East have signed and ratified the treaty as of sylvaindez.com: Amanda Tapp.