Social, scientific and legal dimensions in Methuselah-span decision-making: The disposal of high level nuclear wastes

Ricci P.F. and MacDonald T.R. (2007) Social, scientific and legal dimensions in Methuselah-span decision-making: The disposal of high level nuclear wastes. International Journal of Environment and Health, 1 1: 47-70. doi:10.1504/IJENVH.2007.012224


Author Ricci P.F.
MacDonald T.R.
Title Social, scientific and legal dimensions in Methuselah-span decision-making: The disposal of high level nuclear wastes
Journal name International Journal of Environment and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-4955
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1504/IJENVH.2007.012224
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 70
Total pages 24
Subject 2300 Environmental Science
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Methuselah-span decision-making is an aspect of precautionary decision-making under uncertainty and the risk that requires studying the essential dimensionality of the decision over extremely long time horizons. We provide practical answers for assuring long-term regulatory compliance of engineered systems, using the example of Yucca Mountain Repository (YMR) for high-level nuclear waste. Although the physical, chemical and engineering dimensions of the YMR may have been sufficiently studied, we find that the social, economic and health dimensions were not. We demonstrate that this dimensionality cannot be assumed to be constant and that theoretically sound models exist to study these issues. We find that decision-theoretic criteria based on subjective utility theory axioms and probabilistic updating rules are essential to Methuselah-span regulatory decision-making under risk and uncertainty. We show that reliable and accountable environmental stewardship can be achieved without arbitrarily relying solely on technological, physical and chemical knowledge while holding constant technology, health and social dimensions. Copyright
Keyword Intergenerational decision making
Methuselah span
Subjective utility theory
Yucca mountain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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