NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL by Tony Hare

NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL

Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

 An oxymoronic title fronts this flashily illustrated look at what Hare glibly, but fairly, characterizes as ``a problem that we are passing on to future generations.'' Though there is already a frightening amount of high-level nuclear waste in the US, there is still no safe way to dispose of it--or even to store it, for long. With the help of color photos, plus huge, eye- catching (but sometimes confusingly oversimplified) graphics, Hare describes (in a very general manner) the creation and control of nuclear energy, types and effects of radioactivity, ideas for waste disposal, and alternate sources of power. The potentially useful information here is undermined by at least one glaring inaccuracy: the amount of nuclear waste cited in two adjacent places in the fact file differs by a factor of ten--and by an additional factor of ten from the comparable statistic cited in Dolan and Scariano's Nuclear Waste (1990), which covers the topic in greater (and scarier) detail. (Nonfiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-531-17291-0
Page count: 32pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991