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Risk Considerations for Fusion Energy

M. S. Kazimi

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 4 / Number 2P2 / September 1983 / Pages 527-532

Environment and Safety / dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST83-A22917

An assessment is made of the public and occupational health effects implied in the utilization of fusion reactors as a source of electricity. Three conceptual designs for TOKAMAK fusion reactors are used in the assessment. It was assumed in this analysis that a fusion plant will release 10 Ci/day of tritium to the atmosphere. Risk from waste management and accidents are estimated relative to risk of LWR's energy cycle. Comparison of the fusion occupational and public risk from coal, LWR, solar thermal and solar-photovoltaic plants has been undertaken. It is concluded that, compared to other fuel cycles, fusion can potentially have a favorable position with respect to risk.

 
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