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Nuclear Waste Management in Canada

Critical Issues, Critical Perspectives

As oil reserves decline and the environment takes centre stage in public policy discussions, the merits and dangers of nuclear power and nuclear waste management are once again being debated. Nuclear Waste Management in Canada provides a critical counterpoint to the position of government and industry by examining not only the technical but also the social and ethical aspects of the issue. What do frequently used terms such as safety, risk, and acceptability really mean? And how and why did the public consultation process in Canada fail to address ethical and social issues? This timely collection defuses the uncertainty, ambiguity, and ignorance that surrounds discussions of nuclear energy.

208 pages

Table of Contents


1 Critical Perspectives on the Nuclear Story / Darrin Durant and Genevieve Fuji Johnson

2 The Trouble with Nuclear / Darrin Durant

3 An Official Narrative: Telling the History of Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Policy Making / DarrinDurant and Anna Stanley

4 The Long Haul: Ethics in the Canadian Nuclear Waste Debate / Peter Timmerman

5 Public Consultation as Performative Contradiction: Limiting Discussion in Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Debate / Darrin Durant

6 The Darker Side of Deliberative Democracy: The Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s National Consultation Process / Genevieve Fuji Johnson

7 Representing the Knowledges of Aboriginal Peoples – The "Management" of Diversity in Canada’s Nuclear Fuel Waste / Anna Stanley

8 Canadian Communities and the Management of Nuclear Fuel Waste / Brenda L. Murphy

9 Situating Canada’s Approaches to Siting a Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Facility / Brenda L. Murphy and Richard Kuhn

References; Contributors; Index

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