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Impacts of Hazardous Technology
The Psycho-Social Effects of Restarting TMI-I
Impacts of Hazardous Technology
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John Sorenson - Editor
Jon Soderstrom - Editor
Emily Copenhaver - Editor
Sam Cornes - Editor
SUNY series in Environmental Public Policy
N/A
Hardcover - 233 pages
Release Date: December 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-332-2
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-332-9

Out of Print
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Paperback - 233 pages
Release Date: December 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-333-0
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-333-6

Out of Print

Summary

This book presents the first thorough evaluation of the psycho-social impacts of hazardous technology. Using a multiple research strategy, the authors show the possible effects of restarting the undamaged reactor at Three Mile Island. The book includes important background information concerning environmental policy, the accident and restart issues, and forecasted impacts and implications for environmental management.

The topic, however, extends well beyond that of TMI and nuclear power. Linkages are made with other environmental problems including chemical accidents such as Bhopal and waste disposal problems such as Love Canal. As these and other types of technological hazards become policy issues, this book will serve as a valuable source on social implications.

"Theoretically and methodologically, the work is a superior analysis of an issue that has extremely important policy significance. It will bring a significant element of balance to a highly controversial matter. The authors integrate views, concepts, and theories from several social science disciplines in a very effective manner." -- Thomas E. Drabek

John Sorensen, Jon Soderstrom, Emily Copenhaver and Sam Carnes are all on the staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Robert Bolin is a professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at New Mexico State University.


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Table of Contents

Figures

Tables

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

1. TMI Restart: Setting the Scene

2. TMI Restart and Environmental Policy

3. Defining Relevant Issues: A Logical Perspective on Restart

4. Examining the Issues: Perspectives from Social Science Research

5. The Accident and Restart

6. Forecasting the Impacts

7. Mitigating the Impacts

8. Implications for Environmental Management

Appendix A. Survey Data

Appendix B. Social Group Profiles

Appendix C. Love Canal, Wilsonville, and TMI Comparisons

Bibliography

Index



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