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Regulating Radioactive Air Emissions from Nuclear Generating Plants: A Primer for Attorneys, Decisionmakers, and Intervenors

197 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2006  

John-Mark Stensvaag

University of Iowa - College of Law

Abstract

In the 1977 Amendments to the Clean Air Act, Congress granted to the States and their political subdivisions authority to regulate radioactive air emissions from nuclear generating plants. This Article is designed to provide an introduction to the technical issues that attorneys, decisionmakers, and intervenors must consider when a State contemplates establishing radioactive air emission standards independent of, and possibly more stringent than, federal standards. The article contains an extensive analysis of: (1) the mechanisms by which radionuclides are created at nuclear generating plants and released to the environment; (2) the manner in which radionuclides move through the environment to eventually harm receptors; (3) the ways in which radionuclides affect human organisms; (4) the role of atmospheric and environmental transport modeling in establishing and enforcing radioactive air emission standards, including the potential weaknesses of such modeling; (5) the adequacy of existing federal standards; and (6) prospects or improving those standards. The article also contains an extensive discussion of the various ways in which environmental standards may be created and expressed.

Keywords: Environmental Law, Clean Air Act, Radioactive Air Emissions, Environmental Federalism, Environmental Modeling, Environmental Standards

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Stensvaag, John-Mark, Regulating Radioactive Air Emissions from Nuclear Generating Plants: A Primer for Attorneys, Decisionmakers, and Intervenors. Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 78, No. 1, 1983. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=894345

John-Mark Stensvaag (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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