Abstract

We examine the nature of the public response to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station located in San Luis Obispo, California, from the early 1960s to the present. Four distinct phases of public intervention were discerned, based on change in both plant-related issues and in the nature of the antinuclear constituencies in the region. The level of public concern varied both geographically and temporally and is related to the area's social structure, environmental predispositions, and distribution of plant-related economic benefits. External events, such as the prolonged debate over the risk assessment of the seismic hazard and the Three Mile Island accident were found to be important factors in explaining variation in public concern and political response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-680
Number of pages14
JournalEnergy
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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Public response to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station. / Pijawka, David.

In: Energy, Vol. 7, No. 8, 1982, p. 667-680.

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