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Stigma happens: Social problems in the siting of nuclear-waste facilities

By Paul Slovic, James Flynn and Robin Gregory


13 pagesThe paper by Metz challenges the view that stigma associated with a nuclear waste repository might lead to significant economic losses to the host region. We have been invited to comment on the general issues raised by this paper. We find that much of the evidence presented in the paper consists of factual and conceptual errors and misrepresentations of the research literature. Based on our review of evidence documenting the social and economic impacts of perceived risk, we conclude that stigma is an important phenomenon that is symptomatic of fundamental problems with the way in which nuclear waste facilities are sited

Topics: Stigma, Economic impact, Nuclear waste, Perceived stigma
Year: 1994
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.1994.tb00288.x
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