Choosing remediation and waste management options at hazardous and radioactive waste sites

Michael Greenberg, Joanna Burger, Charles Powers, Thomas Leschine, Karen Lowrie, Barry Friedlander, Elaine Faustman, William Griffith, David Kosson

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This article discusses a process for finding insights that will allow federal agencies and environmental professionals to more effectively manage contaminated sites. The process is built around what Etzioni (1968) called mixed-scanning, that is, perpetually doing both comprehensive and detailed analyses and periodically re-scanning for new circumstances that change the decision-making environment. The article offers a checklist of 127 items, which is one part of the multiple-stage scanning process. The checklist includes questions about technology; public, worker, and ecological health; economic cost and benefits; social impacts; and legal issues. While developed for a DOE high-level radioactive waste application, the decision-making framework and specific questions can be used for other large-scale remediation and management projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-58
Number of pages20
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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