Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


There is, currently, a flurry of activity as the present Administration, along with the United States Department of Energy and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, struggles to develop a comprehensive national program for the management and disposal of radioactive wastes. The first section of the paper deals with some of the inherent technical issues. This includes a review of the origin of nuclear wastes; the hazards of the wastes, including impacts upon the biological environment; and the extent of the state of the art for disposing of such wastes. The second section is an attempt to review the scope of the federal program, from its genesis to its uncertain future.