Use of structured public involvement to identify community preferences for a superfund site end state vision

Ted Grossardt, John Ripy, Keiron Bailey

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Abstract

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is a uranium enrichment facility built in the mid-1950s in western Kentucky. Many thousands of people over several generations have been employed at, or in activities devoted to, the PGDP. Over the years, the plant has also generated significant nuclear and industrial contamination. This contamination is composed of various surface disposal activities, such as burial grounds, which have resulted in multiple potential sites across the plant grounds, and in surface and subsurface water contamination, the extent and full nature of which is still subject to ongoing research and monitoring. Because of this, the PGDP retains a joint legacy as a regional economic engine and a major source of environmental contamination and worker exposure. Because of advances in the technology of uranium enrichment, however, there are expectations that the plant eventually will be decommissioned. This will result in dramatic impacts on the region's economy and encourage the pursuit of replacement activities for the site. This, in turn, will highlight the complications arising from various sorts of contamination, as well as the strategies for mitigating them. Thus, envisioning a future for the plant site is a complex decision making process involving a wide range of variables that interact with each other in intricate and not altogether-understood ways. Proactively involving the affected community in a productive way is the challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges of Change - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010
Pages370-380
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2010
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change - Providence, RI, United States
Duration: May 16 2010May 20 2010

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010

Other

OtherWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, RI
Period5/16/105/20/10

Keywords

  • Community development
  • Kentucky
  • Public participation
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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    Grossardt, T., Ripy, J., & Bailey, K. (2010). Use of structured public involvement to identify community preferences for a superfund site end state vision. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010 (pp. 370-380). (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010). https://doi.org/10.1061/41114(371)43