TITLE

Mushrooms in Our Backyard: The Structure of Citizen Response To Environmental Threats

AUTHOR(S)
Kowalewski, David; Porter, Karen L.
PUB. DATE
October 1991
SOURCE
Sociological Viewpoints;Fall1991, Vol. 7, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article emphasizes on the structure of the response of citizens to environmental threats. Among the environmental concerns that have aroused the greatest controversy have been nuclear energy and hazardous substances, in particular the sitting of nuclear power plants and facilities for disposing of their waste. The paper deals with a case of citizen opposition to the sitting of a low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) facility in a rural New York county. The growing environmentalism among the mass public may be grounded in a desire to protect living things from the accumulation of costs from industrial growth. Five specific issues have been cited as falling under this general rubric when hazardous waste facilities are concerned, which are transportation dangers, worker safety, accidents at the site, community health, and long term damage to the wider environment. The results appear to support the notion of a large and broadly based environmental movement among the mass public. In particular, issues relating to nuclear materials and other hazardous wastes appear to arouse an intense and widespread opposition.
ACCESSION #
14834059

 

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