Two Citizen Task Forces and the Challenge of the Evolving Nuclear Waste Siting Process

by Elizabeth Peelle, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Siting any nuclear waste facility is problematic in today's climate of distrust toward nuclear agencies and fear of nuclear waste. This study compares and contrasts the siting and public participation processes as two citizen task forces dealt with their difficult responsibilities. Though one dealt with a high level waste (Monitored Retrievable Storage - MRS) proposal in Tennessee in 1985-6 and the other with a proposed low level waste facility in Illinois (1988 and still ongoing), the needs of citizen decision makers were very similar. Key differences were found in the communities themselves as well as in the siting and public participation (PP) processes. As a result, the two task forces performed different functions in these different contexts.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Industrial wastes | Public participation | Waste storage | Materials processing | Public opinions | Public health and safety | Climates | United States | Tennessee | Illinois

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