Social Impact Assessment of Siting the High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada: The Use of Risk Future Scenarios in Survey Research

by A. Mushkatel, Arizona State Univ, United States,
K. D. Pijawka, Arizona State Univ, United States,
J. M. Nigg, Arizona State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The proposed siting of a high-level nuclear waste repository in the State of Nevada has raised difficult problems with respect to assessing future social impacts. The projection of impacts due to a repository has two special problems for the impact assessment process. This paper provides the rationale and describes the findings of one approach used to project anticipated risk-induced effects, specifically the impacts on residents' social well-bing and anticipated behavioral adjustments. The paper shows the findings of a random, representative sample of 755 residents in the Las Vegas area. The findings are based on responses to four alternative plausible 'risk futures.'

Subject Headings: Social factors | Recycling | Radioactive wastes | Risk management | Project management | Health hazards | Occupational safety | Industrial wastes | Nevada | United States | Las Vegas

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