Interdisciplinary Science Reviews: Radioactive Waste

December 16, 1998

Radioactive waste and the scientific and humanitarian problems of its disposal are discussed in this month's edition of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR). Edited by Professor Jack Harris, this issue brings together papers by leading nuclear scientists, engineers and social scientists to provide a truly interdisciplinary account of the current nuclear waste disposal situation.

Sir Herman Bondi, writing in the foreword for this issue says, "It is very important that when the day comes for governments to take decisions on the vexed topic of nuclear waste, all aspects of it should have been studied thoroughly. I warmly recommend this special issue of ISR to its regular readers and indeed to everybody. To find so much knowledge and experience brought together in one place is a treat. Wide appreciation of what is said here should help to make decision taking in this field a little less difficult ." Professor Jack Harris, editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, says, "There is hardly a scientific discipline which does not at some stage have relevance to the subject of nuclear waste disposal."

Andrew McLaughlin
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 1998, Vol.23, No.3
Edited by Professor Jack Harris, Foreword by Sir Hermann Bondi
ISBN: 1 86125 070 X ISSN: 0308-0188
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Professor Jack Harris has been working in the nuclear industry since the mid 1950s. For his work with CEGB on nuclear fuel elements in 1979 he was awarded the Royal Society Esso Gold Medal for Energy Conservation conjointly with Dr V. Eldred. In more recent years he has been elected Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. Since 1990 he has been a freelance writer, columnist for Materials World and is the editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He is a member of the Council of British Pugwash.

"Risks and perspectives of nuclear waste in a global context" - Professor Bernard Cohen, Dept of Physics, Univ. of Pittsburgh.
"Public perception" - Professor Lynda Warren, Dept. of Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
"Work of RWMC - the nuclear waste watchdog" - Sir Gordon Beveridge, Chair of Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee.
"Geological disposal - alternatives, designs and safety" - Trevor Summerling & Paul Smith, Safety Assessment Management Ltd.
"Natural analogues" - Dr J L Knight, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd.
"Geological disposal - the UK scene" - Uisdean Michie, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd.
"Impact on the Biosphere" - Dr Mike Thorne, AEA Technology.
"Engineered barriers" - Dr Ian Crossland, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd.
"Reactor decommissioning" - Dr Paul Woollam, BNFL Magnox Generation Group.
"Waste arising from Magnox" - Roy Hancock, BNFL Liabilities Management Unit.
"Nuclear fuel recycling" - Gregg Butler.
"Transmutation strategies" - Professor Massino Salvatores, Nuclear Reactor Directorate, CEA, France.
"Disarmament and disposal of fissile material" - Professor Jack Harris.

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