Event Title

Environmental Implications and Public Perception of Nuclear Power and High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal and the Former Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Presenter Information

Kevin Adair, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, located in Wiscasset, Maine, was operational for nearly three decades, coming on line in 1972 and closing in 1996. Maine Yankee was once the states largest generator of electricity, but since its decommissioning in the in the late 1990s, the plant has been nearly completely demolished. However, the high-level radioactive waste generated during its years in operation remains on the premises. This paper will focus on the national and international issues facing nuclear power and nuclear waste disposal, using Maine Yankee a close to home example of the complex intersection of politics and technology regarding nuclear energy.

Faculty Sponsor

Jim Fleming

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Science, Technology and Society Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1711

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Environmental Implications and Public Perception of Nuclear Power and High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal and the Former Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, located in Wiscasset, Maine, was operational for nearly three decades, coming on line in 1972 and closing in 1996. Maine Yankee was once the states largest generator of electricity, but since its decommissioning in the in the late 1990s, the plant has been nearly completely demolished. However, the high-level radioactive waste generated during its years in operation remains on the premises. This paper will focus on the national and international issues facing nuclear power and nuclear waste disposal, using Maine Yankee a close to home example of the complex intersection of politics and technology regarding nuclear energy.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/188