While some students will seek waste-management occupations when they graduate, it would be beneficial to all advocates of nuclear energy to have some unbiased knowledge about how radioactive wastes are managed. Students in geology and environmental engineering will also benefit from taking this course because many of the options for managing both low-level and high-level radioactive wastes overlap with site geology, groundwater impacts, and air-quality issues. The public generally fears anything radioactive, and has no real understanding about exposure and risk. The content of the course will attempt to convey to the students that there are solution to the problems of managing radioactive wastes in an environmentally benign matter, and that some of these solutions have been successfully used in other countries for decades.
A wide range of topics will be covered as they relate to managing wastes. The instructor makes a strong effort to keep current on waste-management issues. Some issues literally are evolving weekly. Whether or not the renaissance in nuclear energy continues to move forward may, in part, depend on what decisions are made with respect to waste management. Come join us.
Prof. Roy's principal area of expertise is the application of geology, physical chemistry, and hydrogeology to the study of the environmental fate and movement of solutes such as radionuclides, heavy metals, pesticides, and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. He has taught this course six times, and made the “(Incomplete) List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students” each time. In 2011, he was ranked as “Outstanding"and he was also presented with the “Students’ Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.”
Decay-in-storage 2014. jpg
Problem Set 6.docx
Problem Set 7.docx
Classification 2014. pdf
Regulators, Toxicity and Health 2014 .pdf
Dosimetry and Radiation Safety 2014 .pdf
Environmental Impacts 2014 .pdf
Uranium Resources and Wastes 2014 .pdf
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management part 1 2014 .pdf
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management part 2 2014 .pdf
Martinsville 2014 .pdf
Legacy Radioactive Waste Management DOE 2014 .pdf
Used Fuel Management 2014 .pdf
Analogues, WIPP and SNF reprocessing 2014 .pdf
The US Nuclear Weapons Complex 2014 .pdf
Deep Borehole Disposal 2014 .pdf
Long-term Stability of Waste Packages 2014.pdf
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Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management (2008) by A. Rahman, CRC Press LLC, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL 33487
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