Using Co-Management in a Voluntary Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Process

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by Alun Richards, Manitoba Hazardous Waste Management, Corp, Winnipeg, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993:

Abstract: The recent approval for construction and operation of a hazardous waste management facility in Manitoba, Canada is an example of a siting process that is voluntary and that gives the community a significant decision-making role without being longer or more expensive than traditional methods. This paper describes the implementation of a siting process combining technical, environmental, community support and other issues. The process attracted the interest of some sixty municipalities and resulted in a non-confrontational public review and license issuance. Empowering communities to approve local siting decisions as well as to negotiate terms and conditions of the development and operations strengthens a proponent's position, but requires the proponent to re-examine traditional decision-making and project management structures.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Industrial wastes | Hazardous wastes | Recycling | Construction methods | Strength of materials | Project management | Decision making | Management methods | North America | Canada | Manitoba

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