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Assessing Contention: Understanding Nuclear Waste Storage Opposition in the U.S. and Canada Public Deposited

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2012

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  • Attempts to site nuclear waste storage facilities are highly contentious. Given that nuclear related facilities are the most commonly opposed types of proposed land uses, one might expect to observe strong contentious interactions between proponents and immediate community members. In some cases, what is expected is not necessarily observed; why? This essay seeks to illustrate the findings of a qualitative international comparative study of opposition mobilization efforts surrounding a proposed low and intermediate level nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario, Canada and a proposed Greater-Than-Class-C waste facility in Washington, USA. The analysis employs the contentious politics framework of theorist Sidney Tarrow by examining relevant political opportunities and the framing methods, repertoires of action and resource mobilization efforts of environmental and public health groups. This research indicates that mobilization depends greatly on site contexts, including historical use and economic conditions, actors’ perceived access to decision makers, and collaborative networks between groups.
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