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Risk Communication and the Waste-to-energy Incinerator Environmental Impact Assessment Process: A UK Case Study of Public Involvement

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With a view to suggesting ways in which we might arrive at a more socially acceptable waste management facility siting process, this paper considers the effectiveness of a more innovative approach to risk communication for a planned municipal waste-to-energy incinerator in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. The risk communication programme involved a contact group process designed to enable key members of the local community to participate in structured and informed discussions about the proposal before it was submitted as a planning application to the competent authority. The paper concludes that the communication model was dominated by the findings of technical assessments and that it provided only limited opportunities for interested stakeholders to participate fairly and competently in the development process.

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