Benefits and risks of nuclear power in California

by Roger Dunstan

Publisher: California State Library, California Research Bureau in Sacramento, CA

Written in English
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Edition Notes

Statementby Roger Dunstan.
SeriesCRB ;, 02-008, CRB (Series) ;, 02-008.
ContributionsCalifornia State Library. California Research Bureau.
LC ClassificationsTK9024.C2 D86 2002
The Physical Object
Pagination70 p. :
Number of Pages70
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3647097M
ISBN 101587031566
LC Control Number2002485997

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