David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 7 (2):133-156 (1994)
Following the recommendations of the US National Academy of Sciences and the mandates of the 1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, the US Department of Energy has proposed Yucca Mountain, Nevada as the site of the world's first permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste. The main justification for permanent disposal (as opposed to above-ground storage) is that it guarantees safety by means of waste isolation. This essay argues, however, that considerations of equity (safer for whom?) undercut the safety rationale. The article surveys some prima facie arguments for equity in the distribution of radwaste risks and then evaluates four objections that are based, respectively, on practicality, compensation for risks, scepticism about duties to future generations, and the uranium criterion. The conclusion is that, at least under existing regulations and policies, permanent waste disposal is highly questionable, in part, because it fails to distribute risk equitably or to compensate, in full, for this inequity.
|Keywords||compensation equity future generations nuclear waste policy risk Yucca Mountain|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Rawls (1971/2005). A Theory of Justice. Harvard University Press.
Kristin Shrader-Frechette (1991). Risk and Rationality. University of California Press.
James Woodward (1986). The Non-Identity Problem. Ethics 96 (4):804-831.
John Rawls (1958). Justice as Fairness. Philosophical Review 67 (2):164-194.
Matthew Hanser (1990). Harming Future People. Philosophy and Public Affairs 19 (1):47-70.
Citations of this work BETA
Behnam Taebi (2011). The Morally Desirable Option for Nuclear Power Production. Philosophy and Technology 24 (2):169-192.
Similar books and articles
Kristin Shrader-Frechette (1995). Environmental Risk and the Iron Triangle: The Case of Yucca Mountain. Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (4):753-777.
Mary Richardson (2000). Scientific and Social Judgments of Safety in the Nuclear Fuel Waste Management and Disposal Concept. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 19 (1):33-46.
Kristin Shrader-Frechette (2005). Mortgaging the Future: Dumping Ethics with Nuclear Waste. Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (4):518-520.
Mats Andren (2012). An Uncomfortable Responsibility: Ethics and Nuclear Waste. The European Legacy 17 (1):71 - 82.
Michael JG Farthing (2006). Authors and Publication Practices. Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (1):41-52.
Kristin Shrader-Frechette (1998). Ethical Theory Versus Unethical Practice: Radiation Protection and Future Generations. Ethics and the Environment 3 (2):177 - 195.
Alan Marshall (2007). Questioning Nuclear Waste Substitution: A Case Study. Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (1):83-98.
Len Ackland, Karen Dorn Steele & JoAnn M. Valenti (1998). Nuclear Waste, Secrecy and the Mass Media. Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (2):181-190.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads28 ( #109,690 of 1,725,806 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #110,125 of 1,725,806 )
How can I increase my downloads?