Melissa Wahlberg

Melissa Wahlberg
Initial Proposal and
Annotated Bibliography

Nuclear Power Plants

In living in Washington for many years, I often see the nuclear power plants that have lain claim to some of our states' most beautiful land. I have always questioned why they were placed where they were along the Columbia River and what their actual usage was in Washington State. I plan to examine the basic components of a nuclear power plant in doing so, discuss the more popular nuclear power plants in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to examining the Hanford and Trojan nuclear power plants, I may even possibly discuss Satsop, our states' nuclear plant financial blunder and the debate about it. I hope to inform the reader of the many advantages and disadvantages, including the uses, costs, environmental effects and health concerns of providing nuclear power for the Pacific Northwest.


American Nuclear Society. "Nuclear Power And The Environment: Questions and Answers." Revised Edition. Hinsdale, Illinois: American Nuclear Society, 1976. This book answers basic questions regarding nuclear power and the impact it has upon the environment.

Andryszewski, Tricia. What To Do About Nuclear Waste. Brookfield, Connecticut: The Millbrook Press, 1995. This book discusses the ever present question of how to safely dispose of the toxic nuclear waste which is an inevitable by product of the supply of power to our increasing population.

Baker, Dean. " Barge to Transport Reactor to Hanford." Columbian, 19 March 1998. This article discusses the upcoming transportation of the Trojan nuclear reactor "heart" along the Columbia River to the Hanford waste storage site.

Beckman, Petr. The Health Hazards of NOT Going Nuclear. Boulder, Colorado: The Golem Press, 1976. This book examines the negative aspects of nuclear power, the leaks, emissions testings, waste disposal and overall environmental impact.

Benson, Norman A. The WPPSS Frauds Perpetrated By Washington State. Fairfield, Washington: Ye Galleon Press, 1922. This book describes the negative aspects of the WPPSS default on Nuclear Projects 4 and 5.

Clark, Robert. River of the West. New York: Harper Collins West, 1995. This book tells the story of the might Columbia River of the West from the people's perspective throughout the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Daley, Michael J. Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril? Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, Company. 1997. This book explores opposing view points on expanding the uses of nuclear power with an emphasis on pollution, safety and waste disposal.

D'Antonio, Michael. Atomic Harvest. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1993. This book addresses the effects of nuclear leaks from Hanford which caused malformed animals and has subjected many people to high levels of radiation.

Deutsch, Robert W. Nuclear Power: A Rational Approach. 4th ed. Columbia, Maryland: GP Courseware, Inc., 1987. This book enables the reader to better understand the facts and deconstruct the myths about nuclear power plants.

Dolan, Edward, F. The American Wilderness and Its Future: Conservation Versus Use. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1992. This book discusses the ultimate debate between conserving and using the natural state of our "American Wilderness".

Echeverria, John D., Pope Barrow and Richard Roos-Collins. Rivers at Risk: The Concerned Citizen's Guide to Hydropower. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1989. This book is written as a "how-to-save-your-local-river" book for the general population in order that they may better understand and influence the environment in which they live.

Glasstone, Samuel and Walter H. Jordan. Nuclear Power and Its Environmental Effects. LaGrange, Illinois: American Nuclear Society, 1980. This book describes the aspects of utilizing nuclear power and the environmental effects that are involved.

Gould, Jay M. and Benjamin A. Goldman. Deadly Deceit. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1990. This book provides the reader with hard data, graphs, and maps to support the study of government and industry information in regards to atomic radiation and the affects upon human life.

Gyorgy, Anna and Friends. No Nukes: Everyone's Guide to Nuclear Power. Boston, Massachusetts: South End Press, 1979. This book examines the many aspects of nuclear energy, including health issues, economic cost and energy advantages as well as alternatives to nuclear power.

Halacy, Dan. Nuclear Energy. New York: Franklin Watts, 1984. This book discusses nuclear energy, its production, and use, as well as the risks involved in its utilization.

Haines, Gail B. The Challenge of Supplying Energy. New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1991. This book discusses the energy supply and demand dilemma of our nation, as well as the basics on how energy works and is developed for use.

Hanford and the Environment, United States Department of Energy. 20:30 minutes, 1990.
Videocassette. This video examines the many social, economic and environmental aspects of the Hanford Nuclear Reactor.

Holbrook, Stewart. The Columbia. New York: Rhinehart and Co., Inc, 1956. This book describes the history of the Columbia River from the first fur trade explorers to the construction of its dams in the mid-1950s.

Hoyle, Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle. Commonsense in Nuclear Energy. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1980. This book discusses the needs, options, uses, advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy for our ever increasing population demands.

Krupin, Paul J. Krupin's Toll-Free Environmental Directory. Kennewick, Washington: Direct Contact Publications, 1994. A comprehensive nationwide phone number listing of over 4,500 environmental firms, organizations, government agencies and private industries.

Lampton, Christopher. Nuclear Accident. Brookfield, Connecticut: The Millbrook Press, 1992. This book describes the basic aspects of nuclear energy as well as several examples of the detrimental affects that nuclear accidents can have upon our environment.

McCuen, Gary E. Nuclear Waste: The Biggest Clean-Up In History. Wisconsin: BEM Publications, Inc., 1990. This book challenges the reader to understand all realms of the nuclear power problem, the creation of energy, disposal of the wastes, the results of the accidents which inevitably occur.

McNulty, Tim. Washington's Wild Rivers: The Unfinished Work. Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1990. This book utilizes photographs and poetic words to describes the beauty and importance of Washington's wild rivers.

Morgan Murray. The Columbia: Powerhouse of the West. Seattle: Superior Publishing Co., 1949. This book, as told by one of the Puget Sound's best storytellers, describes all aspects of the Columbia River including its history, features and uses.

Murray, Raymond. Understanding Radioactive Waste. 4th ed. Ohio: Battelle Press, 1994. This book examines the issue of radioactive wastes from an unbiases, clear and simple perspective.

Myhra, David. Whoops! / WPPSS: Washington Public Power Supply System Nuclear Plants. Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland and Company, Inc., 1984. This book provides details on the terminated Nulcear Project 4 and 5 and the default of the bonds which cannot be repaid by the Washington Public Power Supply System.

Nuclear Energy/Nuclear Waste, The Earth At Risk Environmental Video Series. Producer, Andrew Schlessinger. 30 minutes, 1993. Schlessinger Video Productions. This video gives an indepth yet beginners perspective on the nuclear energy and nuclear waste dilemna.

Roe, JoAnn. The Columbia River: A Historical Travel Guide. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1992. This book includes political, social and historical background about the famous Columbia River from the age when Native Americans were its main benefactors until today, as we all admire the beauty and resources from the mighty river.

Schmidt, Fred H. and David Bodansky. The Energy Controversy: The Fight Over Nuclear Power. San Francisco, California: Albion Publishing Company, 1976. This book provides data, charts, and details about the debate of whether the United States should utilize nulcear power and the alternative sources of energy.

Seager, Joni. The State of the Earth Atlas. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1990. This book of maps assists the reader in understanding the global aspects of nuclear power in addition to the overall affect it has upon our country via the maps and illustrations it contains.

United States. Congress. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Subcommittee on Energy. Environmental restoration and waste management: hearing before the Subcommittee of Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, first session. Washington, D.C.: August 26, 1993. This article discusses the environmental impact and waste disposal sites within Washington State.

Washington Public Power Supply System. Final Evironmental Impact Statement. Vol. 1. Palo Alto, California: Systems Control, Inc., 1976. Detailed descriptions and documentation of the environmental impact a nuclear power plant has upon a specific area, in particular, the Trojan Nuclear Plant and Cowlitz County.

Wilcox, Charlotte. Powerhouse: Inside A Nuclear Power Plant. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1996. This book describes what it is like to actually see the workings of a nuclear power plant in Minnesota and examines the most basic scientific aspects of nuclear power.

Wiltshire, Susan D. The Nuclear Waste Primer: A Handbook For Citizens. New York: Lyons and Burford, 1993. This book introduces the uninformed to the world of nuclear power and all that it entails. It concentrates upon the environmental, social, economic, political, health and military concerns in regards to nuclear power.


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