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Thoroughly revised and up to date, Encyclopedia of Environmental technology and Engineering, 5th variation spans the full spectrum of environmental technology and engineering. nonetheless the main entire, authoritative reference on hand during this box, the enormous two-volume encyclopedia has improved to incorporate 87 articles on issues starting from acid rain, pollution, and neighborhood wellbeing and fitness, to environmental legislation, instrumentation, modeling, substitute power, toxicology, radioactive waste, and water therapy. The articles were generally revised and up-to-date, new ones were additional to hide the most recent advancements with regards to trendy environmental difficulties. the result's a reference paintings that offers the data essential to comprehend, deal with, and reply to threats to the human setting.

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3) Decay of radionuclides, dispersed or fixed, before they are able to affect man.

A 500 MW (thermal) reactor, after operating for 180 days, contains four hundred million curies for fission products, measured one day after shutdown. This is equivalent to the activity of about 400 metric tons of radium. The fission products decay rapidly at first, leaving 80 million curies at the end of a week, and more slowly later. After a month, the inventory is reduced to about 8 million curies. e. 3000 to 5000 MW thermal—are not unusual. At first sight it would seem that these plants would be enormous potential sources of radioactive wastes, but in practice this is not the case (Figure 1).

The implications of this question are profound. Some of the wastes for which we are responsible will still be radioactive after our present civilization has disappeared and perhaps been forgotten. So far as we know there is no practicable solution to the problem. indd 632 11/18/2005 10:38:19 AM MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES 633 FIGURE 3 Pouring a concrete monolith. Steel drums filled with waste, solidified by mixing with cement, were stacked on concrete slabs surrounded with forms. The forms were filled with concrete.

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