Case Study: Low-level Radioactive Waste Siting Map

TitleCase Study: Low-level Radioactive Waste Siting Map
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWright, D, DiBiase, D, Francis, H
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Keywordsdata management , Geographic Information Sciences , Public Engagement and Science
AbstractThe Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hires a contractor to identify potential sites for a 500 acre storage facility for low-level radioactive waste. One part of the project is to assemble a statewide GIS database that includes the geographic distributions of pertinent geological, hydrological and land use criteria. Public hearing are held all over the state to let residents know why their area has been disqualified or qualifies for being a potential site, and to let them raise concerns. When producing a map that can be copied by xerography and that fits on a 11 by 17 inch page, the analyst realizes that a number of the potential sites are too small to see. What should the analyst do if these copies are made for use during public hearings?
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