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Title: Risk perception on management of nuclear high-level and transuranic waste storage

Abstract

The Department of Energy`s program for disposing of nuclear High-Level Waste (HLW) and transuranic (TRU) waste has been impeded by overwhelming political opposition fueled by public perceptions of actual risk. Analysis of these perceptions shows them to be deeply rooted in images of fear and dread that have been present since the discovery of radioactivity. The development and use of nuclear weapons linked these images to reality and the mishandling of radioactive waste from the nations military weapons facilities has contributed toward creating a state of distrust that cannot be erased quickly or easily. In addition, the analysis indicates that even the highly educated technical community is not well informed on the latest technology involved with nuclear HLW and TRU waste disposal. It is not surprising then, that the general public feels uncomfortable with DOE`s management plans for with nuclear HLW and TRU waste disposal. Postponing the permanent geologic repository and use of Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) would provide the time necessary for difficult social and political issues to be resolved. It would also allow time for the public to become better educated if DOE chooses to become proactive.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Colorado Christian Univ., Lakewood, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
EG and G Rocky Flats, Inc., Golden, CO (United States). Rocky Flats Plant
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
10178329
Report Number(s):
RFP-4834
ON: DE94017987
DOE Contract Number:  
AC34-90DP62349
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (B.S.); PBD: 15 Aug 1994
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; US DOE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; SAFETY; WASTE RETRIEVAL; 052000; 054000; WASTE MANAGEMENT; HEALTH AND SAFETY

Citation Formats

Dees, Lawrence A. Risk perception on management of nuclear high-level and transuranic waste storage. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.2172/10178329.
Dees, Lawrence A. Risk perception on management of nuclear high-level and transuranic waste storage. United States. doi:10.2172/10178329.
Dees, Lawrence A. Mon . "Risk perception on management of nuclear high-level and transuranic waste storage". United States. doi:10.2172/10178329. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10178329.
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author = {Dees, Lawrence A.},
abstractNote = {The Department of Energy`s program for disposing of nuclear High-Level Waste (HLW) and transuranic (TRU) waste has been impeded by overwhelming political opposition fueled by public perceptions of actual risk. Analysis of these perceptions shows them to be deeply rooted in images of fear and dread that have been present since the discovery of radioactivity. The development and use of nuclear weapons linked these images to reality and the mishandling of radioactive waste from the nations military weapons facilities has contributed toward creating a state of distrust that cannot be erased quickly or easily. In addition, the analysis indicates that even the highly educated technical community is not well informed on the latest technology involved with nuclear HLW and TRU waste disposal. It is not surprising then, that the general public feels uncomfortable with DOE`s management plans for with nuclear HLW and TRU waste disposal. Postponing the permanent geologic repository and use of Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) would provide the time necessary for difficult social and political issues to be resolved. It would also allow time for the public to become better educated if DOE chooses to become proactive.},
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