Many lament the difficulty of siting hazardous waste facilities
that are intended to benefit the public at large but are locally
unwanted. Many label local opposition as purely self-interested; as
simply a function of the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) syndrome.
Drawing upon the experience of states trying to site new low-level
radioactive waste disposal facilities, Mary English argues that we
need to think harder and look deeper, to understand--and, possibly,
solve--the siting dilemma.
The 1980 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act ushered in a new
era in low-level radioactive waste disposal; one of vastly
increased state responsibility. By a 1985 amendment, states were
given until January 1993 to develop a new system of disposal
facilities. English reviews the progress they have made, focusing
on one difficulty: that of finding technically and socially
acceptable sites. She then turns to issues concerning authority,
trust, risk, and justice that help to shape the siting dilemma.
This book is made highly readable by vivid examples drawn from
recent efforts to site low-level waste disposal facilities. The
volume will be a helpful resource to those in the public and
private sectors who are immediately concerned with the siting of
radioactive waste disposal facilities, hazardous waste facilities,
solid waste landfills, incinerators, etc., as well as social
scientists who are studying this problem.
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