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JDR Vol.17 No.7 pp. 1165-1182
(2022)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2022.p1165

Paper:

Public Attitudes Toward Decontamination and Regional Regeneration: A Case Study of Hanford Site in Washington

Tetsuya Nakamura*,†, Steven Lloyd*, Atsushi Maruyama**, and Satoru Masuda***

*Kyoei University
4158 Uchimaki, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0051, Japan

Corresponding author

**Chiba University, Matsudo, Japan

***Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Received:
February 5, 2022
Accepted:
September 9, 2022
Published:
December 1, 2022
Keywords:
Washington State, Hanford Site, decontamination, urban development, web survey
Abstract

The Hanford Site in Washington State is the most contaminated area in the United States and is one of the biggest decontamination efforts in the world. During the Cold War, the area was shrouded by secrecy, including denials of any dangers to the environment, workers, and local communities downwind of the site. Efforts to regenerate neighboring areas are ongoing, including establishing the area as a national park and national monument, investing in local communities, plans to re-establish a town, encouraging viticulture and other agricultural activities, and encouraging the return of spawning salmon to the Columbia River. Rising costs and delays have hampered efforts in the clean-up process. Through an online survey, this study examines the local people’s attitudes toward these various efforts at urban and agricultural regeneration, their attitude toward information from the authorities, and budgeting for decontamination. It was found that there is widespread support for the establishment of park status for the site and that organic certification of produce has had a positive impact on purchasing intentions. However, there remains a degree of skepticism about the information about the decontamination process, and support for budgeting plans falls largely along partisan lines.

Cite this article as:
T. Nakamura, S. Lloyd, A. Maruyama, and S. Masuda, “Public Attitudes Toward Decontamination and Regional Regeneration: A Case Study of Hanford Site in Washington,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.7, pp. 1165-1182, 2022.
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