A Siting Policy for an Acceptable Nuclear Future

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Science  08 Jun 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4397, pp. 1043-1051
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4397.1043


A nuclear siting policy leading to a few, large concentrated sites, it is argued, is preferable in the long run to the present policy which could lead to many dispersed sites. Such a policy could be implemented incrementally if requirements for new nuclear generating capacity were met by adding reactors to the existing 100-odd sites. Such a concentrated nuclear siting policy would, to some extent, isolate nuclear activities while augmenting the strengths of the institutions responsible for managing them. Additionally, it would confer an element of permanence on the sites and thereby open new options fer managing low level wastes and reactor decommissioning. These actions may improve the public acceptability of nuclear energy in the United States as well as lead to a more rational contained nuclear system in the long run.