A Federalist Strategy for Nuclear Waste Management

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Science  16 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4445, pp. 679-684
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4445.679


The federal government plans to rely on a policy of "consultation and concurrence" with state governments in developing nuclear waste repositories. The weaknesses of the concurrence approach are analyzed, and an alternative institutional framework for locating a waste repository is proposed: a siting jury that provides representation for state and local interests, while maintaining a high level of technical review. The proposal could be tested in the siting of away-from-reactor storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel.