Reversing NIMBY: An assessment of state strategies for siting hazardous-waste facilities

O. O. Ibitayo, David Pijawka

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Past research indicates a dismal success rate in the siting of hazardous-waste management facilities. The observation that some facilities have been sited, however, suggests that the siting of these locally unwanted environmental facilities may not be an intractable problem. In this paper, based on a national survey of state siting attempts over the past decade, the strategies adopted by states and the factors and combination of factors associated with the few successful outcomes are examined. The data indicate that public trust (especially in the facility developer), early and continuous public involvement in the facility siting process, and an adaptive strategy that involves incorporating citizens' concerns into siting and operation decisions are associated with a higher likelihood of siting success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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