Chemical Separations in Nuclear Waste Management
The separation of radioactive waste materials into their chemical components
is at the heart of all efforts to reduce the volume of nuclear waste. In
Chemical Separations in Nuclear Waste Management: The State of the Art and
a Look to the Future, the authors discuss the present state and possible
future directions of separations science and technology.
The book presents an
overview of the environmental legacy from nuclear weapons production in the
United States and the former Soviet Union, the magnitude of the cleanup efforts
that are underway in both countries, and the pivotal role played in these
efforts by separations science. Needs that are specific to the future
development of separations science and technology are emphasized.
he book evolved from the international workshop, Technologies for Nuclear
Separations: A Look to the Future, Prague, September 2000, and the authors
have updated and augmented their original papers for this book. For readers who
are not experts in separations science, an overview of the evolution of this
science from the onset of nuclear research at the beginning of the last century
to the present is given to help them understand its foundation, contributions,
and significance. Actinide chemistry, fundamental to many nuclear separation
techniques, is summarized.
The authors, some of the world's leading nuclear
scientists, discuss the long-term needs that have to be met by all nuclear
operations - the reduction of the risks to the environment and to human health,
the environmental remediation of affected areas, the safe disposition of
radioactive waste and fissile materials, in particular of weapons grade
plutonium, and improved public acceptance of necessary nuclear
|Author: Choppin, Gregory
R., Khankhasayev, Mikhail K., and Plendl, Hans S.
Date of Publication: 2002