Siting Hazardous Waste Treatment Facilities: The Nimby Syndrome

Synopsis

Since the 1960s and 70s, a wave of environmental awareness has swept the United States. News reports of oil spills, DDT damage to wildlife, and the nuclear near-disaster at Three Mile Island have, among other incidents, contributed to what has become known as the NIMBY ("Not In My Backyard" ) syndrome. Portney argues that local opposition to the siting of much needed hazardous waste treatment facilities must be fully understood before it can be effectively met by government entities.