American Society of Civil Engineers

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

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), and Todd Hanson, (Roy F. Weston, Inc, United States)

pp. 991-994

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Document type: Conference 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.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Waste disposal
Social factors
Economic factors
Waste management
Radioactive wastes
Environmental issues

Author Keywords:
Radioactive Wastes
Economics - Nuclear Industry - Legislation
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - Nuclear Waste Policy Act