Accepting New Technology: Community Relations for Mobile Incineration in Illinois

  • Greg R. Michaud
Part of the Advances in Risk Analysis book series (AIRA, volume 9)


New technologies, such as incineration and biodegradation, are being used to respond to environmental problems caused by hazardous waste. Rather than being welcomed by the affected community, some proposed remedies, especially those involving incinerators, are being met with resistance and even outrage. How risk communication is conducted can determine whether the community accepts the remedy. This paper describes two case studies and several issues that can make risk communication more effective and, consequently, obtain community acceptance.


Superfund risk communication incinerators community relations community empowerment 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg R. Michaud
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  1. 1.Illinois Environmental Protection AgencySpringfieldUSA

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