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Site Unseen

Policy of Siting a Nuclear Waste Repository

Gerald Jacob (author)

ISBN: 9780822954613

Publication Date: Aug 1991

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In this work, the author develops a theory of the US nuclear establishment and explains its success in dominating policy making. He also describes the history of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act and its aftermath.

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In this account, the author, who served as a policy analyst for Utah monitoring the US Department of Energy's nuclear waste programme, develops a theory of the "nuclear establishment" and explains its success in dominating policy-making. He also describes the history of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act and its aftermath. After two decades of debate in Congress, state legislatures and the media, the United States still cannot decide where to bury its most dangerous form of garbage - radioactive materials that remain toxic for thousands of years. The problem appears to be intractable. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 promised a solution, but Gerald Jacob believes that instead of addressing scientific credibility, legitimacy, and priorities of the nuclear waste programme, the NWPA deferred to the interests of nuclear utilities and the US Department of Energy. Dr Jacob describes how the nuclear establishment used science and geography to protect its interests and dominate nuclear waste policy-making. He brings to light assumptions which drove federal policy-making and implementation, such as an impending energy space, the national benefits of a repository, and the need to restore the financial viability of the nuclear options. He further evaluates the federal promotion of nuclear power, specifically how it affected the goals of waste management and how repeated, bungled attempts at a quick solution wrecked public confidence in a federal waste management programme. "Site Unseen" asserts that, in order to answer the demands of the nuclear utilities and reduce opposition to the Department of Energy programme, federal agencies have repeatedly used their authority to steamroll public opposition and concerns. In the end, federal strongarm politics has made substantial innovation impossible, locking the country into a single but flawed waste disposal solution.
Illustrations Illustrations, maps
Pages 264
Date Published 31 Aug 1991
Publisher University of Pittsburgh Press
Series Pitt series in policy & institutional studies
Subject/s Public health & preventive medicine   Waste management   Nuclear issues  

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