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Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind : Risk, Radiation, and Distrust of Government Paperback – March 9, 2001

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Editorial Reviews


"... Tantalizing reflections on the public understanding of science and how we, in a democratic society, deal with complexity and uncertainty." -- Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts state senator

"A reflective, insightful book . . . How, Weingart asks, can our relationship with government change to one in which we actually trust public agencies and officials to help us know what is dangerous and what isn't. This work is a major contribution to finding the answer." -- The Star Ledger

"Engaging case study about the pitfalls and perils of trying to site a controversial waste disposal facility the right way." -- Gregg Larson, Administrator, Center for Biometric Research, University of Minnesota

"Readers interested in environmental policy, risk, land use and how governments make difficult decisions will learn much ..." -- David N. Kinsey, Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University

About the Author

John Weingart is an associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Center For Analysis Of Public Issues (March 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943136261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943136264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,761,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Trzaska on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
John Weingart's book is a well-written, detailed, and fascinating account of how the public's distrust of government can adversely affect public policy. Even though this book is a thorough case study of his experiences as Executive Director of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board, it reads like a story and doesn't get bogged down in excessive scientific rhetoric.
This book is perfect for anyone interested in public policy and/or the environment. Weingart objectively reports on how the public reacted to the Siting Board's activities and how the Board unsuccessfully tried to alleviate the public's fears. This is a GREAT book for the classroom because it is an example of how the real world works. Not only is this book ideal for public policy and political science classes, but it is also great for chemical and environmental engineering classes since working with the community and government is so important in these areas.
Make a special note of all the creative and interesting headlines and opposition flyers the Siting Board had to deal with as they traveled from town to town looking for the right place to build the facility!
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