High-level radioactive wste management: a means to social consensus

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The problem of safely disposing of high-level radioactive waste is not new, but it is becoming more pressing as the temporary storage facilities of public utilities run out. The technical questions of how best to immobilize these wastes for many centuries have been studied for years and many feel that these problems are solved, or nearly so. Many states have set up roadblocks to the federal waste management program, however, and it is clear that social consensus must be reached for any waste disposal program to be successful. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 provides a long-needed framework for ... continued below

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Pierce, B.; Hill, D. & Haefele, E.T. January 1, 1983.

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The problem of safely disposing of high-level radioactive waste is not new, but it is becoming more pressing as the temporary storage facilities of public utilities run out. The technical questions of how best to immobilize these wastes for many centuries have been studied for years and many feel that these problems are solved, or nearly so. Many states have set up roadblocks to the federal waste management program, however, and it is clear that social consensus must be reached for any waste disposal program to be successful. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 provides a long-needed framework for reaching this consensus, giving the states unprecedented access to federal decision-making. The rights of the states in a process of cooperation and consultation are clearly defined by the Act, but the means by which the states exercise those rights are left entirely to them. We examine the structures, methods, and goals open to the states, and recommend a rationale for the state decision process defining the roles of the governor and legislature.

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  • International conference on radioactive waste management, Seattle, WA, USA, 16 May 1983

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  • Other: DE83008592
  • Report No.: BNL-32669
  • Report No.: CONF-830523-4
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6219387
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1110215

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Pierce, B.; Hill, D. & Haefele, E.T. High-level radioactive wste management: a means to social consensus, article, January 1, 1983; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1110215/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.