Chemical Weapons Destruction: A Window of Opportunity
Integral to the construction of a less fragmented more inclusive view of ”the public” are efforts that increase citizen participation in scientific and technological decision making affecting public health. A consistent public health theme in the 1990s will be how to balance the often divergent perspectives of governments that are bound to be responsive to all of their citizens affected communities and scientists and other experts to achieve equitable and just solutions that serve the interests of public health in its broadest manifestation. Whether the issue is curing AIDS destroying chemical weapons stockpiles or remediating environmental destruction arising out of a half century of nuclear weapons development democratization of science through citizen participation in scientific and technological decision making crucial to realizing this goal. After a review of the dangers of chemical weapon storage and community activist response Velma Campbell and Ross Vincent make recommendations to US Congress and the President on how best to achieve chemical weapons destruction.
chemical biological warfare and weapons; military and environment; incineration; pollution, chemical
Citation: Social Justice Vol. 22, No. 4 (1995): 114-125