Public acceptance and siting of hazardous waste disposal facilities

  • Knight Michael J. 


During the late 1970's the Love Canal hazardous waste site in New York State, U.S.A. became a benchmark for negative feelings towards the siting of future hazardous waste landfills and facilities. At the present time social and political factors often dominate the siting process. There is growing anxiety being shown by the public about the location of waste facilities, and especially for hazardous materials. There are repeatable socio-political patterns associated with siting events and disposal agencies need to identify the appropriate «cast of characters» in the siting «play». There is an increasing need for the communication of disposal information to the community as well as their inclusion in the decision making process. More sympathetic consideration needs to be given to compensation strategies.


Hazardous Waste Waste Landfill Canal Surface Hazardous Waste Disposal Love Canal 


A la fin des années 1970, le dépôt de déchets toxiques du «Love Canal» dans l'Etat de New York aus Etats-Unis, est devenu un tremplin pour les oppositions aux futurs sites de stockage des déchets dangereux. A l'époque actuelle, ce sont sourvent les facteurs politiques et sociaux qui prédominent lors du choix de ces sites, en raison de l'anxiété croissante de la population quant à leurs conséquences. Certaines caractéristiques sociaux-politiques se retrouvent dans les cas, avec les aspects techniques; et les Services chargés de l'élimination des déchets dangereux, doivent les identifier correctement dans l'ensemble du «scénario». Il y en en outre un besoin croissant de mise à disposition de la communauté des informations, et de leur insertion dans le processus de décision. Il faut aussi être plus ouvert à d'éventuelles stratégies de «compensation».


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© International Assocaition of Engineering Geology 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Knight Michael J. 
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  1. 1.School of Applied GeologyUniversity of N.S.W.KensingtonAustralia

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