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Siting Noxious Facilities Integrating Location Economics and Risk Analysis to Protect Environmental Health and Investments

By Michael R Greenberg Copyright 2018
    288 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Siting Noxious Facilities explains and illustrates processes and criteria used to site noxious manufacturing and waste management facilities. It proposes a framework that integrates economic location analysis and risk analysis, emphasizing the reduction of uncertainty.

    This book begins by defining noxious facilities and considers the important role of manufacturing in the world economy, before going on to describe the historical practices used in locating these facilities for much of the twentieth century. It then shifts focus to analyze the complex set of considerations in the twenty-first century that mean that any facility that produces annoying smells and sounds, is unsightly and emits hazardous substances has had the bar of acceptability markedly raised for economic, environmental, social and political acceptability.

    Drawing on case study examples that highlight pollution prevention, choosing locations at major plants (CLAMP), negotiations, and surrendering control of an activity, Greenberg presents a hybrid framework that advocates the amalgamation of industrial location processes with human health and environmental-oriented risk analysis.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of location economics, environmental science, risk analysis and land-use planning. It will also be of great relevance to decision-makers and their major advisers who must make choices about siting noxious facilities.

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    Chapter 1. Introduction to Siting Noxious Facilities

    Part I. Industrial Location Theory and Practice in the 20th Century

    Chapter 2: Urbanization, Industrialization, and Noxious Facilities

    Chapter 3: The Growth and Decline of Noxious Facilities in New Jersey

    Part II. Part II. Locating Noxious Facilities in the Early 21st Century

    Chapter 4. Redefining Factors for Locating Noxious Facilities

    Chapter 5: Becoming Less Noxious

    Chapter 6: Concentrating Locations at Major Plants (CLAMP)

    Chapter 7: Negotiating

    Chapter 8: Letting it Go

    Part III. Tools and Coping with Siting Noxious Facilities in the Early 21st Century

    Chapter 9: Tools

    Chapter 10: Coping with Siting and Non-Siting Options


    Michael R. Greenberg is distinguished professor and interim dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA.

    "This book goes beyond conventional wisdom about optimizing siting decisions. It illustrates the tradeoffs between economic, environmental and social objectives in a globalized world and provides best practice advice on how to deal prudently and responsibly with uncertainty and risk in locating hazardous facilities. A must for all planners, managers and regulators!" Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany