Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste: Citizens' Views of Repository Siting [NOOK Book]

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Nuclear waste is going nowhere, and neither is the debate over its disposal. The problem, growing every day, has proven intractable, with policymakers on one side, armed with daunting technical data, and the public on the other, declaring: not in my backyard. This timely volume offers a look past our present impasse into the nature and roots of public viewpoints on nuclear waste disposal. A much-needed supplement to the largely technical literature on this problem, the book provides extensive studies of the ...
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Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste: Citizens' Views of Repository Siting

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Overview

Nuclear waste is going nowhere, and neither is the debate over its disposal. The problem, growing every day, has proven intractable, with policymakers on one side, armed with daunting technical data, and the public on the other, declaring: not in my backyard. This timely volume offers a look past our present impasse into the nature and roots of public viewpoints on nuclear waste disposal. A much-needed supplement to the largely technical literature on this problem, the book provides extensive studies of the reaction of citizens--whether rural or urban, near-site residents or prospective visitors--to proposed nuclear waste sites around the nation, particularly Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Conducted by distinguished sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, and economists, these studies constitute the most comprehensive account available of the impact of public perceptions and opinions on the nuclear waste policy process in the United States. As such, the collection will clarify the politics of nuclear waste siting and will give impetus to the stalled debate over the issue.
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Provides extensive studies of the reaction of citizens, whether rural or urban, near-site residents or prospective visitors, to proposed nuclear waste sites around the nation, particularly Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Conducted by sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, and economists, the studies discuss the historic development of public reactions, a content analysis of public testimony, sources of public concern in Texas agricultural communities, and local attitudes toward siting a high-level nuclear waste repository in Hanford, Washington. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822397731
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Riley Dunlap is Professor of Sociology and Rural Sociology at Washington State University.

Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Eugene A. Rosa is Professor of Sociology at Washington State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
1 Public Opinion and Nuclear Waste Policymaking 3
2 The Historical Development of Public Reactions to Nuclear Power: Implications for Nuclear Waste Policy 32
3 Perceived Risk, Trust, and Nuclear Waste: Lessons from Yucca Mountain 64
4 Public Testimony in Nuclear Waste Repository Hearings: A Content Analysis 89
5 Sources of Public Concern About Nuclear Waste Disposal in Texas Agricultural Communities 115
6 Local Attitudes Toward Siting a High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Hanford, Washington 136
7 Perceived Risk and Attitudes Toward Nuclear Wastes: National and Nevada Perspectives 175
8 The Vulnerability of the Convention Industry to the Siting of a High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository 209
9 Nevada Urban Residents' Attitudes Toward a Nuclear Waste Repository 239
10 Rural Community Residents' Views of Nuclear Waste Repository Siting in Nevada 263
11 Prospects for Public Acceptance of a High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository in the United States: Summary and Implications 291
Index 325
Contributors 329
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