Designing a Process for Consent-Based Siting of Used Nuclear Fuel Facilities: Analysis of Public Support

TitleDesigning a Process for Consent-Based Siting of Used Nuclear Fuel Facilities: Analysis of Public Support
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJenkins-Smith, HC, Silva, CL, Herron, KG, Bonano, E, Rechard, RP
Corporate AuthorsUnited States, National Academy of Engineering,
JournalThe Bridge
Volume42
Issue3
Pagination28-39
Date PublishedFall 2012
PublisherUnited States, National Academy of Engineering
Place PublishedWashington DC
ISSN Number0737-6278
KeywordsENGINEERING , PUBLIC , Public Engagement and Science
AbstractIn January 2012, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) came out with a series of recommendations on how to better manage used nuclear fuel. This includes developing a new consent-based approach for the siting of used nuclear fuel storage and disposal facilities. In an earlier article, the authors addressed how policy and faculty design considerations for used nuclear fuel management relates to public acceptance. In this follow-up article the authors present findings from a June survey by the National Security and Nuclear Policy Project related to the public understanding of used nuclear fuel management practices and investigated potential public reactions to the principles of consent-based siting recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. They measured (1) levels of public support for permanent and interim storage concepts, (2) credibility and perceptions of bias in institutional risk assessments, and (3) what constitutes “consent” for siting UNF facilities and how and when it may be granted and withdrawn. Their goal was to assess how readily the BRC’s proposals might garner broad public support during the initial stages of policy development.
URLhttp://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/62556/62564.aspx
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