Containing the Atom: Nuclear Regulation in a Changing Environment, 1963-1971 (NUREG-1933)

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Original Book Published: 1992
Date Published: January 2010

J. Samuel Walker

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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This book is the second in a series of volumes on the history of nuclear regulation sponsored by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first volume, Controlling the Atom: The Beginnings of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1962, published by the University of California Press in 1984, examined the formative years of the efforts to promote the safety of the fledging nuclear power industry.  This volume picks up the story at about the time that the nuclear industry experienced an unprecedented and unanticipated boom.  The so-called "great bandwagon market" made an enormous impact on approaches to nuclear regulation. So too did the growth of environmentalism as a major public concern and political issue, which occurred at virtually the same time as the nuclear boom.  This book investigates the interaction between those contemporaneous forces and the development of policies designed to ensure both the expansion and the safety of nuclear power.

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