Science Education: Critical Link to Nuclear Waste Disposal and Management

by John R. Vincenti, Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The management and disposal of municipal, industrial, hazardous, and radioactive wastes have become critical public issues in the 1990s. In many cases, companies in the waste disposal business have found siting such facilities a difficult, if not impossible, task. Federal, state, and local governments who regulate and, in some cases, even operate disposal facilities have found an alarmed public who have more questions, concerns, and reservations in regard to managing and disposing of the waste forms. This paper will focus on nuclear waste, and particularly low-level radioactive waste. It will discuss the role of science education and its possible implications to the public's concerns and reluctance to managing and siting waste facilities.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Education | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Municipal wastes | Engineering education | Waste sites | Industrial wastes

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