By Riley E. Dunlap, Michael E. Kraft, Eugene A. Rosa

ISBN-10: 0822313553

ISBN-13: 9780822313557

Nuclear waste goes nowhere, and nor is the controversy over its disposal. the matter, growing to be on a daily basis, has confirmed intractable, with policymakers on one facet, armed with daunting technical facts, and the general public at the different, pointing out: now not in my yard. This well timed quantity bargains a glance earlier our current deadlock into the character and roots of public viewpoints on nuclear waste disposal.
A much-needed complement to the mostly technical literature in this challenge, the publication offers huge reports of the response of citizens--whether rural or city, near-site citizens or potential visitors--to proposed nuclear waste websites round the country, quite Nevada's Yucca Mountain. carried out via unique sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, and economists, those reports represent the main complete account on hand of the effect of public perceptions and critiques at the nuclear waste coverage method within the usa. As such, the gathering will make clear the politics of nuclear waste siting and may supply impetus to the stalled debate over the problem.

Contributors. Rodney okay. Baxter, Julia G. Brody, Bruce Clary, Lori Cramer, William H. Desvousges, Riley E. Dunlap, Douglas Easterling, Judy ok. Fleishman, James Flynn, William R. Freudenburg, Michael E. Kraft, Richard S. Krannich, Howard Kunreuther, Mark Layman, Ronald L. Little, Robert Cameron Mitchell, Alvin H. Mushkatel, Joanne M. Nigg, ok. David Pijawka, Eugene A. Rosa, Paul Slovic

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We match those issues against the themes and patterns of findings from the chapters to draw out the important substantive and policy implications and, especially, to draw attention to those aspects of conventional policy wisdom that are at odds with the evidence accumulated from the various studies. Finally, we go on to make recommendations for a more deeply informed repository siting policy. Notes 1 2 The long history of neglect of nuclear waste issues by nuclear promoters is a recurrent theme in Jacob's (1990) thoughtful, penetrating political history of nuclear waste management.

This optimistic prognosis depended, of course, on the willingness of Nevada to cooperate with DOE. As it turned out, more than five years of bitter relations between the state and DOE followed, which many attributed to Nevada's "wounded psyche" at being singled out for the repository. Even now, few state officials believe that cooperating with DOE is in their political self-interest, suggesting that the logic behind Congress's grant of modest financial compensation-as a supposed inducement for cooperation by the host state-is flawed.

Favor experts. on the one hand. and deflect attention away from the broader political and social issues. on the other hand. The NWPA. according to some observers. defined the siting of a HLNWR principally as a scientific and technical problem in order to reduce the influence of political factors on the siting process. Jacob. for example. observes: "Thus. the emphasis on technology and technocratic decisionmaking was used to undermine state and local opposition. Technical substance was placed in opposition to 'parochial' interests and politics.

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