Critical (public) masses: a case study of a radioactive waste site. [Weldon Springs]

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Increasing public sensitivity to radioactive and other hazardous waste issues often results in opposition that ranges from presentations by individuals at various public meetings to organizations initiating legal action in the courts. Organized opposition to proposed plans by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a Surplus Facilities Management Program site near Weldon Spring, Missouri, has emerged during the two years that DOE has been involved in developing plans for this waste management site. An important aspect in the development of the major interest group in this case was the reliance on extra-local expertise at both the state and national ... continued below

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Williams, R.G. & Payne, B.A. January 1, 1985.

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Increasing public sensitivity to radioactive and other hazardous waste issues often results in opposition that ranges from presentations by individuals at various public meetings to organizations initiating legal action in the courts. Organized opposition to proposed plans by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a Surplus Facilities Management Program site near Weldon Spring, Missouri, has emerged during the two years that DOE has been involved in developing plans for this waste management site. An important aspect in the development of the major interest group in this case was the reliance on extra-local expertise at both the state and national levels. The group received organizational strategies, information on radioactive waste, legal advice, and direction from state and local environmental interest groups and various state agencies. In this paper, we present the historical development of organized public response and agency response to DOE's plans for the Weldon Spring site. The role of the interest group has emerged as one of a watchdog, scrutinizing and evaluating data, publications, and plans. Other organizations now rely on the group as a clearinghouse for information. This case is of particular importance to other waste management projects because it demonstrates the effective use of networking between various interest groups and agencies from the local to the national level. We believe that the emergence of such groups and their ties with a variety of extra-local organizations will be the rule rather than the exception in future waste projects. Agency personnel and project sponsors will find that an interactive, cooperative approach with such groups is an effective way to resolve waste issues.

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  • 7. symposium on management of uranium mill tailings, low-level waste and hazardous waste, Ft. Collins, CO, USA, 6 Feb 1985

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  • Other: DE85004023
  • Report No.: CONF-850242-3
  • Grant Number: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6224456
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1111199

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Williams, R.G. & Payne, B.A. Critical (public) masses: a case study of a radioactive waste site. [Weldon Springs], article, January 1, 1985; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1111199/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.