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Title: Public reactions to nuclear waste: Citizens' views of repository siting

Abstract

This book presents revised and updated papers from a panel of social scientists, at the 1989 AAAS meetings, that examined the public's reactions to nuclear waste disposal and the repository siting process. The papers report the results of original empirical research on citizens' views of nuclear waste repository siting. Topics covered include the following: content analysis of public testimony; sources of public concern about nuclear waste disposal in Texas agricultural communities; local attitudes toward high-level waste repository at Hanford; perceived risk and attitudes toward nuclear wastes; attitudes of Nevada urban residents toward a nuclear waste repository; attitudes of rural community residents toward a nuclear waste respository. An introductory chapter provides background and context, and a concluding chapter summarizes the implications of the reports. Two additional chapters cover important features of high-level waste disposal: long term trends in public attitudes toward nuclear energy and nuclear waste policy and assessment of the effects on the Los Vegas convention business if a high-level nuclear waste depository were sited in Nevada.

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5741388
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OSTI ID: 5741388
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Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
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29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; PUBLIC OPINION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; ATTITUDES; COMMUNITIES; HANFORD RESERVATION; HEARINGS; NEVADA; NUCLEAR ENERGY; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PUBLIC ANXIETY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RURAL AREAS; TEXAS; URBAN AREAS; WASHINGTON; WASTES; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; DOCUMENT TYPES; ENERGY; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NORTH AMERICA; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; USA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT 290202* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Sociology-- (1992-); 290600 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy

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Rosa, E.A.. Public reactions to nuclear waste: Citizens' views of repository siting. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Rosa, E.A.. Public reactions to nuclear waste: Citizens' views of repository siting. United States.
Rosa, E.A.. Fri . "Public reactions to nuclear waste: Citizens' views of repository siting". United States. doi:.
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