Understanding consent: Principles and challenges for a consent-based process to site facilities for interim and long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel and high level wastes in the United States
Tuler, S. and Webler, T. 2016. Understanding consent: Principles and challenges for a consent-based process to site facilities for interim and long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel and high level wastes in the United States. Northampton, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute.

Publication Abstract

 We highlight issues relevant to a consent-based siting process for nuclear waste management facilities with the intent to inform stakeholders on potential critical issues and challenges associated with such a process. In this paper we trace the history and meaning of  “consent” in the academic literature associated with medical ethics, research ethics, international development, land-use planning, and political theory. We also identify key themes and challenges that can be considered in the design of a consent-based process for spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. Successful design and implementation of a consent-based process that communities and stakeholders across the country find legitimate, effective, and practical will require careful reflection and attention to procedures for operationalizing core principles of consent and addressing challenges that can undermine them.