Sociopolitical challenges to the siting of facilities with perceived environmental risks
Author(s)Heddle, Gemma Aymonne, 1975-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Difficulties are often experienced in the siting of facilities that serve a public need but also pose localized safety, health and/or environmental risks. This has historically been due to not-in-my-back- yard (NIMBY) opposition on the part of more affluent neighborhoods but, more recently, can also be attributed to minority and low-income communities' pursuit of environmental justice. An emerging technology for which siting is likely to present a particular challenge is geologic carbon sequestration. This thesis uses a case study approach to develop a set of recommendations for preventing and, if required, dealing with local opposition to geologic carbon sequestration projects - and necessary but controversial facilities, in general. These recommendations stress the wisdom of neither discounting the possibility nor effectiveness of opposition based on NIMBY syndrome or environmental justice concerns; the potential for careful site selection to reduce the likelihood of local opposition; the importance of meaningful public participation, trust building and compensation in securing community support; and, in the case of facilities with localized risks, the need to educate community members as to the risks involved.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, Technology and Policy Program; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003.Includes bibliographical references.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Technology and Policy Program.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technology and Policy Program., Civil and Environmental Engineering.