Multiattribute utility analysis as a framework for public participation siting a hazardous waste facility

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How can the public play a role in decisions involving complicated scientific arguments? This paper describes a public participation exercise in which stakeholders used multiattribute utility analysis to select a site for a hazardous waste facility. Key to success was the ability to separate and address the two types of judgements inherent in environmental decisions: technical judgements on the likely consequences of alternative choices and value judgements on the importance or seriousness of those consequences. This enabled technical specialists to communicate the essential technical considerations and allowed stakeholders to establish the value judgements for the decision. Although rarely used in ... continued below

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Merkhofer, M.W.; Conway, R. & Anderson, R.G. May 1, 1996.

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  • Merkhofer, M.W. Applied Decision Analysis, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  • Conway, R. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Anderson, R.G. 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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How can the public play a role in decisions involving complicated scientific arguments? This paper describes a public participation exercise in which stakeholders used multiattribute utility analysis to select a site for a hazardous waste facility. Key to success was the ability to separate and address the two types of judgements inherent in environmental decisions: technical judgements on the likely consequences of alternative choices and value judgements on the importance or seriousness of those consequences. This enabled technical specialists to communicate the essential technical considerations and allowed stakeholders to establish the value judgements for the decision. Although rarely used in public participation, the multiattribute utility approach appears to provide a useful framework for the collaborative resolution of many complex environmental decision problems.

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  • 1996 prioritization methodology workshop, Oakland, CA (United States), 14-15 May 1996

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  • Other: DE96008867
  • Report No.: SAND--96-0850C
  • Report No.: CONF-9605147--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 228517
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc673219

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Merkhofer, M.W.; Conway, R. & Anderson, R.G. Multiattribute utility analysis as a framework for public participation siting a hazardous waste facility, article, May 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc673219/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.