Siting Noxious Facilities: Integrating Location Economics and Risk Analysis to Protect Environmental Health and Investments, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Siting Noxious Facilities

Integrating Location Economics and Risk Analysis to Protect Environmental Health and Investments, 1st Edition

By Michael R Greenberg


270 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures



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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Earthscan Risk in Society

The Earthscan Risk in Society series publishes high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address risk analysis, risk assessment, risk perception, risk management, uncertainty and decision-making in society. Professor Ragnar Lofstedt is the series editor and the series has published highly influential authors in the field of risk, including Ortwin Renn, Baruch Fischhoff and Paul Slovic.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management