Public concerns and the public role in siting nuclear and chemical waste facilities

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Nuclear and chemical waste facilities can be successfully sited, despite nimby responses, if siting programs account for the sources of public concern. Irrational fear is not the main source; instead, waste managers must deal with perceived inequities in the distribution of benefits and costs, and concern about facility safety. Benefit-cost inequities may be dealt with in part by keeping wastes where they are generated, through political restrictions, or by providing economic compensation and political incentives (for example, a local veto). Assuring people of facility safety includes allowing local control (monitoring, health assessment, regulation), and enhancing trust of facility managers through such means as rectifying past mistakes, individual-oriented education campaigns, and negotiation of compensation packages with local residents. These means should reduce -without eliminating-public opposition to local siting of nuclear and chemical waste facilities.

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© 1987 Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01880156

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Environmental Management