Helping a Community Control its Future: Potential Negotiating Packages and Benefits for an MRS Host

by Elizabeth Helvey, TRW Environmental Safety Systems Inc, Vienna, United States,
Dan Kane, TRW Environmental Safety Systems Inc, Vienna, United States,
Victor Trebules, TRW Environmental Safety Systems Inc, Vienna, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


The voluntary siting process for the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility set forth in the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (NWPAA) of 1987 provides a potential host community a unique opportunity to improve its present situation and to gain greater control over its future. To take full advantage of that opportunity throughout the life of the facility, an interested host must bring two things to the negotiating table: 1) a clear understanding of the special benefits, concerns and impacts associated with siting a controversial facility along with a detailed plan for addressing the requirements and impacts of such a facility; and 2) a vision of what the community wants to be in the future and list of specific measures it might achieve through negotiations that would help it realize that future. This paper investigates potential negotiating options a host might develop that, while addressing the impacts arena, also set forth terms by which the host can use the MRS to gain greater control over its unique set of resources and needs. The first section of this paper highlights the major concerns that a community might raise when debating whether to host an MRS and lists generic mitigation techniques that address those concerns. The second section pulls those mitigation techniques together into negotiating packages to show how the same concerns can be addressed differently depending on the strengths, weaknesses, and priorities of two different hypothetical host communities.

Subject Headings: Negotiation | Resilient modulus | Waste storage | Radioactive wastes | Storage facilities | Mitigation and remediation | Waste disposal | Industrial wastes

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