Unsiting nuclear power plants: Decommissioning risks and their land use context

Martin Pasqualetti, David Pijawka

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Nuclear power plant siting provided the first significant public opportunity to examine nuclear safety and to affect nuclear policy. These discussions were prompted and fueled by perceptions of nuclear risk. Now, as we begin the process of nuclear decommissioning, we are finding that power plant removal—unsiting–is also likely to attract public interest. This paper presents a preliminary survey of how we are likely to react to this emerging theme, applying these findings within a land use context to see if it is likely to produce issues salient to the public. In so doing it also examines how these issues could affect decommissioning timing and type. It suggests that the most likely prospect is that power plants will remain on the landscape long after they are closed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1996


  • Decommissioning
  • Derelict
  • Land use
  • Nuclear
  • Risk
  • Siting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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