Should We Use the Open Ocean to Ease Pressure on the Coastal Zone?

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by Daniel Keith Conner, Law Cent, University, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87:

Abstract: This paper proposes a framework for analysis of issues arising from the prospect of deep-ocean dumping of wastes. While it takes no stand on the issues themselves, it examines the motives and reasoning of those who favor or oppose ocean dumping. On the issue of deep-ocean dumping, policy analysis arrays the parties according to whether they favor dispersion or concentration of wastes, and whether they favor close-monitoring or 'final' disposal. Ethical analysis arrays the players according to whether they believe anthropocentric or biocentric values are more appropriate to environmental issues, and whether or not they are advocates of wilderness preservation for marine areas or 'rights' for natural objects.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Seas and oceans | Waste disposal | Ethics | Frames | Environmental issues |

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