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Abstract

The safety and environmental aspects of fusion reactors are reviewed, dealing first with normal reactor operation and then with accident situations. It is concluded, on the basis of present conceptual designs of D-T fuelled reactors, that fusion reactors appear to have an inherently lower hazard potential than fission reactors although the realization of this potential has yet to be demonstrated. Amongst the salient, intrinsic advantages of fusion are the absence of actinides and volatile fission products, the relatively short half-lifes of the active material and tritium, and the absence of a separately sited reprocessing plant.

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Authors: HANCOX R CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK) REDPATH W SAFETY AND RELIABILITY DIRECTORATE, CULCHETH (UK) , CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK);SAFETY AND RELIABILITY DIRECTORATE, CULCHETH (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO THE LIBRARIAN, UKAEA, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON OX14 3DB (UK), MENTIONING REPORT CLM-P750, 1985
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