This book presents a critical policy analysis of the issue of radioactive waste management in the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on how lessons learned from this case can be applied internationally, specifically to similar waste management processes in the USA and Canada.
The first part provides an historical overview of radioactive waste management from the 1950s up to the present day in the UK as a whole, and makes comparisons between the English and Scottish governments different policy strategies. The second part presents a theoretical framework for analysing nuclear politics, blending literatures on technology policy, environmental ethics and the geography and politics of scale. The third part presents a ‘position paper’ with practical policy suggestions to move the siting process forward; namely considering the possibility of incremental radioactive waste management – localised, smaller scale processes whereby existing nuclear communities already affected by such wastes undergo renewed options assessment, strategic environmental assessment and siting of radioactive waste management facilities at a local (or regional) scale. The book argues that a move away from centralised, high capital investment national siting could resolve many of the problems that the high stakes, inflexible ‘megaproject’ approach has caused in the UK, US and Canada.Über den Autor:
Matthew Cotton is a Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK
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