Accepting New Technology: Community Relations for Mobile Incineration in Illinois
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.
KeywordsSuperfund risk communication incinerators community relations community empowerment
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