Beyond NEPA: A Look at Socioeconomic Impact Assessments Required Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, as Amended


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by Catherine McDavid, Roy F. Weston, Inc, United States,
Richard Travis, Roy F. Weston, Inc, United States,
Barry Gale, Roy F. Weston, Inc, United States,
Todd Hanson, Roy F. Weston, Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990:

Abstract: The Department of Energy's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) has been charged by Congress, through the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, as amended (the Act), to undertake an environmental and socioeconomic assessment of the potential impacts of the high level nuclear waste repository program. Responsibilities set forth in the Act go beyond the traditional mandate of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and have implications for the high level radioactive waste program. Given the high visibility of the program, OCRWM's management approach in response to these additional responsibilities for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating potential adverse impacts may become the expected standard for other major federal programs.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Environmental issues | Waste management | Social factors | Nuclear power | Federal government | Industrial wastes | Legislation |

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