Public opposition to the siting of the high-level nuclear waste repository

the importance of trust

David Pijawka, A. H. Mushkatel

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Abstract

This paper examines several dimensions of public opposition to the proposed siting of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. In order to provide a context for the public's views of the repository in metropolitan Clark County, both governmental studies of the repository siting process are analyzed, as well as elements of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. This analysis suggests that one potentially key component of the public's opposition to the siting, as well as their perceptions of risk of the facility, may be the result of a lack of trust in the Department of Energy. Empirical analysis of survey data collected in Nevada in 1988 confirms the strong relationship between political trust and repository risk perceptions. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalPolicy Studies Review
Volume10
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Public opposition to the siting of the high-level nuclear waste repository : the importance of trust. / Pijawka, David; Mushkatel, A. H.

In: Policy Studies Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1991, p. 180-194.

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