Solving the High-Level (and Low-Level) Radioactive Waste Puzzle

by Herbert Inhaber, Ecology and Environment Inc, Lancaster, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


Finding sites for both high-level and low-level radioactive wastes (LLRW and HLRW) has come to a virtual halt. The present system is based on a 'command-and-control' philosophy, in which affected areas or states are told by a central authority that the must accept wastes. The reverse Dutch auction (RDA) allows a way out of the endless cycle of confrontation, lawsuits and delay. It preserves environmental standards, at the same time producing a volunteer site. The citizens of the volunteer area will have a consensus in favor of accepting the wastes. No coercion is required or even attempted.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Volunteerism | Public opinions | Waste sites | Litigation | Standards and codes | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Netherlands | Europe

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