Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind: Risk, Radiation, and Distrust of Government John Weingart

ISBN: 9780813542379

Published: August 28th 2007

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468 pages


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Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind: Risk, Radiation, and Distrust of Government  by  John Weingart

Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind: Risk, Radiation, and Distrust of Government by John Weingart
August 28th 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 468 pages | ISBN: 9780813542379 | 3.80 Mb

It is an unenviable task, but one that all state governments face: finding a final resting place for low-level nuclear waste from power plants, hospitals, university laboratories, and many industries. John Weingart was the official in New JerseyMoreIt is an unenviable task, but one that all state governments face: finding a final resting place for low-level nuclear waste from power plants, hospitals, university laboratories, and many industries.

John Weingart was the official in New Jersey who for many years led this onerous charge. His book is the story of how he and a commission appointed by the governor, instead of imposing a top-down solution, designed an approach that would confront public fears by seeking a community that would volunteer to host the needed disposal facility. Initially, this novel approach was surprisingly successful, as leaders in a dozen municipalities stepped forward to say they might be interested. Once their interest became known, however, the process in each town derailed.

Residents demanded assurances of zero-percent risk and expressed profound distrust of government assertions and promises. Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind is a compelling, suspenseful, and amusing insiders account of New Jersey policy and politics, but it is also a larger saga of the challenges facing society in the post-9/11 era when the publics distrust of government is increasing at the same rate that its sensitivity to health and safety threats is heightening.



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