Social Realities in High-Level Radioactive Waste Management and Their Policy Implication

by Roger E. Kasperson, Cent for Technology, Environment, and Development (CENTED), United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990

Abstract: The management of high-level radioactive waste involves a number of enduring social realities that have posed major obstables to timely progress. These realities include: the deep-seated public concern over risks, difficult value issues, social distrust, and a new class of social and economic impacts. A coherent and stable waste program demands policies that carefully take account of these realities.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Waste management | Social factors | Public health and safety | Public opinions | Risk management | Economic factors | Industrial wastes

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