Hazardous Waste Siting and Democratic Choice

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This volume analyzes the politics of hazardous waste siting and explores promising new strategies for siting facilities. Existing approaches to waste siting facilities have almost entirely failed, across all industrialized countries, largely because of community or NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) opposition. This volume examines a new strategy, voluntary choice siting -- a process requiring mutual decisions negotiated between facility developers and the host communities. This bottom-up approach preserves democratic rights, recognizes the importance of public perceptions, and addresses issues of equity.

In this collection, an interdisciplinary group of experts probes recent examples of waste facilities siting in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Both the successes and the failures presented offer practical insights into the siting process. The book includes an introductory review of the literature on facility siting and the NIMBY phenomenon as well as instructive essays on the use of voluntary processes in facilities siting.

This book will be of value to policymakers, industry, and environmental groups, as well as to those working in environmental studies and engineering, political science, public health, geography, planning, and business economics.

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Contributors from social sciences, geography, and industry analyze the successes and failures of handing the dangerous residue of someone else's profit-making activities to communities in the US, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Recognizing the overall failure of previous policy, they offer a new strategy of voluntary siting, which involves mutual decisions negotiated between the facility developers and the host communities. All but one of the 12 studies were presented at a September 1993 workshop at the University of British Columbia. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Editor's IntroductionThe NIMBY Phenomenon and Approaches to Facility Siting Don Munton

Part 1: Getting Beyond NIMBY: CasesVoluntary Siting of Hazardous Waste Facilities in Western Canada Geoffrey Castle and Don Munton

Alternatives to NIMBY Gridlock: Voluntary Approaches to Radioactive Waste Facility Siting in Canada and the United States Barry Rabe, William C. Gunderson, and Peter T. Harbage

Democratic Dialogue and Acceptable Risks: The Politics of High-Level Nuclear Waste Disposal in the United States Michael Kraft

Hazardous Waste Management and Facility Siting in California
David Morell

Siting Hazardous Waste Facilities, Japanese Style
Don Munton

Siting of Hazardous Waste Incinerators in Germany: From Political Imposition to Public Involvement Robert Seeliger

Part 2: Public Perceptions Community Risk Perception and Waste Management in Three Communities at Different Stages in the Siting Process Clyde Hertzman and Aleck Ostry

Worrying About Waste: Diagnosis and Prescription Susan Elliott and S. Martin Taylor

Part 3: Options and Strategies Using Co-Management to Build Community Support for Waste Facilities Alun Richards

Voluntary Procedures for Siting Noxious Facilities: Lotteries, Auctions and Benefit-Sharing Howard Kunreuther

Directions for Engineering Contributions to Successfully Siting Hazardous Waste Facilities Christopher Zeiss


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