A successful effort to involve stakeholders in a facility siting decision using LIPS with stakeholder involvement

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Local public opposition to federal bureaucratic decisions has resulted in public agencies rethinking the role of stakeholders in decision making. Efforts to include stakeholders directly in the decision-making process are on the increase. Unfortunately, many attempts to involve members of the public in decisions involving complex technical issues have failed. A key problem has been defining a meaningful role for the public in the process of arriving at a technical decision. This paper describes a successful effort by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in New Mexico to involve stakeholders in an important technical decision associated with its Environmental Restoration (ER) Project. ... continued below

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Merkhofer, L.; Conway, R. & Anderson, B. December 31, 1995.

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  • Merkhofer, L. Applied Decision Analysis, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  • Conway, R. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Anderson, B. Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Local public opposition to federal bureaucratic decisions has resulted in public agencies rethinking the role of stakeholders in decision making. Efforts to include stakeholders directly in the decision-making process are on the increase. Unfortunately, many attempts to involve members of the public in decisions involving complex technical issues have failed. A key problem has been defining a meaningful role for the public in the process of arriving at a technical decision. This paper describes a successful effort by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in New Mexico to involve stakeholders in an important technical decision associated with its Environmental Restoration (ER) Project. The decision was where to locate a Corrective Action Management Unit (CAMU), a facility intended to consolidate and store wastes generated from the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. A formal priority setting process known as the Laboratory Integration Prioritization System (LIPS) was adapted to provide an approach for involving the public. Although rarely applied to stakeholder participation, the LIPS process proved surprisingly effective. It produced a consensus over a selected site and enhanced public trust and understanding of Project activities.

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  • State and tribal forum on risk based decision making, St. Louis, MO (United States), 12-15 Nov 1995

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  • Other: DE96007682
  • Report No.: SAND--96-0203C
  • Report No.: CONF-9511179--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 205850
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc666852

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Merkhofer, L.; Conway, R. & Anderson, B. A successful effort to involve stakeholders in a facility siting decision using LIPS with stakeholder involvement, article, December 31, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc666852/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.