Federal Responsibilities and Realities: An Alternative View of the Cleanup of the Nuclear Weapons Complex
Opportunities afforded by transcending the public health limitations of a ”NIMBY’ (not in my backyard) organizing strategy and the successes of activist participation in biomedical research are illustrated by case studies. However as Michael Veiluva notes in reference to the current more democratic inclusion of citizen “stakeholders” in Department of Energy’s processes related to nuclear cleanup “good process is not the equivalent of good results on the ground.” Placing responsibility for cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex in the hands of the very agency that retains responsibility for maintaining and developing future nuclear weapons may represent an untenable conflict of priorities.
nuclear weapons; nuclear waste; U.S. Department of Energy; environmental restoration; environmental clean-ups; economics and environment; nuclear waste and weapons transportation
Citation: Social Justice Vol. 22, No. 4 (1995): 126-139