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Whose Backyard, Whose Risk: Fear and Fairness in Toxic and Nuclear Waste Siting Hardcover – October 27, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

Environmental attorney Gerrard has written a comprehensive book detailing the hazardous and radioactive waste (HW/RW) problem in America. His task is daunting: "how to find the system of HW/RW management that maximizes social welfare, taking full account of the social and environmental costs, while achieving fairness." Gerrard integrates political, scientific, psychological and economic considerations; advocates a balance of federal, state and local responsibility; and emphasizes grassroots incentives for siting, i.e., compensating communities to store toxic waste under rigidly controlled conditions. He does a superb job of distinguishing between real and perceived risks, recognizing that public perceptions of hazardous waste-siting options are as critical as a site's underlying geology. Although the style is dry, the book offers new insight into a critical environmental problem. Illustrations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this well-organized book, environmental lawyer Gerrard attempts to find a coherent way for the United States through the maze of concerns and legalities surrounding the disposal of toxic and radioactive waste. With our country leading by a large margin in the production of hazardous waste in the civilian sector, with "grandfathered landfills," with few to no new toxic waste sites being built, this is a dilemma that requires attention so that we do not impose a burden on future generations. Drawing on diverse literature, the author proposes a national system of waste disposal that includes local control, state responsibility, and national allocation. An epilog gives step-by-step examples of how a siting decision might be made employing this program in a hypothetical situation. Recommended for public and academic libraries and special environmental collections.
Diane M. Fortner, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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