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July 1990
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Site Unseen
The Politics of Siting a Nuclear Waste Repository
Jacob, Gerald
Jacob describes the history of U.S. public policy regarding nuclear waste that culminated in the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy act and its aftermath.

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Gerald Jacob is a former a policy analyst for the state of Utah, monitoring the US Department of Energy's nuclear waste program, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
“Gerald Jacob analyzes the history of nuclear waste policies from the post-World War II era through passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act in the 1980s. . . . The book is interesting, well-written, and well-documented. . . . As a result, the book provides a valuable foundation for understanding much of the history of nuclear waste policy making.”—Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

“Jacob's work is commendable for its democratic prose. . . . Jacob never descends into a dense or unapproachable discourse, but instead translates crucial intellectual issues within a text that can be handled by any interested lay reader. . . . Site Unseen is an incisive and important monograph.”—Journal of Public History

“Jacob's analysis is clearly aimed at an academic audience and is oriented toward refinement of policy theory. . . . Its juxtaposition with political economic dimension to examine policy constriction (as well as expansion) is both theoretically provocative and compelling in its presentation of evidence. This book contributes nicely to the literature of both environmental politics and policy studies.”—American Political Science Review

“Site Unseen examines and provides provocative insights into the failure to implement an acceptable nuclear waste repository program. . . . [and] offers a comprehensive examination of the political and economic forces and issues which have molded the nation's high-level nuclear waste disposal policy. . . . Rarely have we encountered such a well-written comprehensive and incisive analysis.”—Land Economics

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Gerald Jacob views the history of public policy regarding nuclear waste, culminating in the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy act and its aftermath. The 1982 act promised a solution, but Jacob believes it deferred to the interests of the nuclear utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy. He describes how the nuclear establishment used science and geography to protect its interests and dominate nuclear waste policy making. He examines the federal promotion of nuclear power, and asserts that federal policies strong-armed public opposition, and locked the country into a single, but flawed waste disposal solution.


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