Social Issues and Challenges in the Disposal of Nuclear Waste

by J. Bennett Easterling, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management, United States,
Richard J. Redmond, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management, United States,
Elissa Turner, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990

Abstract: Equity and the perception of fairness are issues equal in importance to technical validity in the development of high-level waste management programs. With the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA), the Congress created a framework that can respond to a range of social issues. The legislation contains a variety of mechanisms through which these complex issues may be addressed. Operating within this Congressionally mandated framework, the Department of Energy (DOE) and others charged with the responsibility for administering, regulating and otherwise involved in nuclear waste activities, face social challenges that, if not properly addressed, will seriously hamper the success of the program.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Social factors | Frames | Legislation | Nuclear power | Waste disposal | Public policy

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