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Nuclear power and public health

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Abstract

The nuclear power industry has always emphasized the health and safety aspects of the various stages of power production. Nevertheless, the question of public acceptance is becoming increasingly important in the expansion of nuclear power programmes. Objections may arise partly from the tendency to accept familiar hazards but to react violently to unfamiliar ones such as radiation, which is not obvious to the senses and may result in delayed adverse effects, sometimes manifested only in the descendants of the individuals subjected to the radiation. The public health authorities therefore have an important role in educating the public to overcome these fears. However, they also have the duty to reassure the public and convince it that proper care has been taken to protect man and his environment. This duty can be fulfilled by means of independent evaluation and control to ensure that safe nuclear facilities are built, care is taken with their siting, they are operated safely, and the effects of possible accidents are minimized. The selection and development of a nuclear power facility should be carried out with a sound understanding of the factors involved. WHO has collaborated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the preparation of a  More>>
Authors:
"NONE"
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1974
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: IAEA Bulletin; Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: 5 refs, 5 photos
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; ACCIDENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; HEALTH HAZARDS; IAEA; NUCLEAR ENERGY; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR POWER; POWER GENERATION; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; SOUND WAVES; WHO
OSTI ID:
21024965
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0020-6067; IAEBAB; TRN: XA08N0324046505
Availability:
Available on-line: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull164/16405804652.pdf;INIS
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 46-52
Announcement Date:
May 31, 2008

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Citation Formats

Nuclear power and public health. IAEA: N. p., 1974. Web.
Nuclear power and public health. IAEA.
1974. "Nuclear power and public health." IAEA.
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title = {Nuclear power and public health}
abstractNote = {The nuclear power industry has always emphasized the health and safety aspects of the various stages of power production. Nevertheless, the question of public acceptance is becoming increasingly important in the expansion of nuclear power programmes. Objections may arise partly from the tendency to accept familiar hazards but to react violently to unfamiliar ones such as radiation, which is not obvious to the senses and may result in delayed adverse effects, sometimes manifested only in the descendants of the individuals subjected to the radiation. The public health authorities therefore have an important role in educating the public to overcome these fears. However, they also have the duty to reassure the public and convince it that proper care has been taken to protect man and his environment. This duty can be fulfilled by means of independent evaluation and control to ensure that safe nuclear facilities are built, care is taken with their siting, they are operated safely, and the effects of possible accidents are minimized. The selection and development of a nuclear power facility should be carried out with a sound understanding of the factors involved. WHO has collaborated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the preparation of a booklet summarizing the available information on the subject. It deals with the role of atomic energy in meeting future power needs, radiation protection standards, the safe handling of radioactive materials, disturbances of the environment arising from plant construction and ancillary operations, and the public health implications.}
journal = {IAEA Bulletin}
issue = {4}
volume = {16}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1974}
month = {Jul}
}