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The Microbiology of Nuclear Waste Disposal

1st Edition - October 22, 2020

Editors: Jonathan R. Lloyd, Andrea Cherkouk

Language: English
Paperback ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 1 2 - 8 1 8 6 9 5 - 4
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 1 2 - 8 1 8 6 9 6 - 1

The Microbiology of Nuclear Waste Disposal is a state-of-the-art reference featuring contributions focusing on the impact of microbes on the safe long-term disposal of nuclear w… Read more

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The Microbiology of Nuclear Waste Disposal is a state-of-the-art reference featuring contributions focusing on the impact of microbes on the safe long-term disposal of nuclear waste. This book is the first to cover this important emerging topic, and is written for a wide audience encompassing regulators, implementers, academics, and other stakeholders. The book is also of interest to those working on the wider exploitation of the subsurface, such as bioremediation, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, and water quality.

Planning for suitable facilities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia has been based mainly on knowledge from the geological and physical sciences. However, recent studies have shown that microbial life can proliferate in the inhospitable environments associated with radioactive waste disposal, and can control the long-term fate of nuclear materials. This can have beneficial and damaging impacts, which need to be quantified.