Radioactive Wastes: A Comparison of U.S. Military and Civilian Inventories

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Science  26 Aug 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4306, pp. 883-885
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4306.883


Contrary to widespread belief, the accumulated inventory of fission products generated by the still small U.S. civilian nuclear power industry may already be comparable to that generated in the past by U.S. military nuclear programs. Although the volumes of the military wastes are very large, they are on the average almost 100 times more dilute than projected commercial high-level wastes.