Mangling the Models: Real-Life Experiences in Voluntary Siting

by Cathy S. Roche, U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Social scientists are accumulating a growing body of research to guide the development of communications models for siting controversial facilities. The models developed by our social scientists emphasize building consensus by involving all 'stakeholders' - including opponents - in the decision-making process from its earliest stages. Arriving at these models for public decision-making has proven easier than applying them in real life, a truth we have learned in the voluntary siting process for the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility for spent nuclear fuel.In examining three case studies in the voluntary MRS process, it was found that at least one of the three principles for developing a model siting process was violated in each of them. Valuable lessons have been learned.

Subject Headings: Waste storage | Decision making | Storage facilities | Social factors | Resilient modulus | Public buildings | Case studies

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