This well-documented study examines one of the increasingly pressing problems for US homeland security: the storage and management of radioactive waste. Despite pressing homeland security and energy security concerns associated with highly radioactive waste, political considerations have prevented policy makers from adopting adequate long-term solutions to the problem. This book explores nuclear waste problems through the broader lens of federal, state and local government and the resultant constraints on policy that emerge within the American political system. Presenting specific case studies to highlight the deficiencies in current policy and planning as well as the possibility of terrorist activity, it is highly suited to courses on security studies and environmental politics.

chapter 1|28 pages

Understanding the Problem

chapter 2|16 pages

On-Site Storage

chapter 3|30 pages

Centralized Interim Storage

chapter 4|36 pages

Permanent Disposal

chapter 5|26 pages


chapter 6|18 pages

The Conceptual Framework

chapter 7|16 pages

What to Do?