Clarity, Conflict and Pragmatism: Challenges in Defining a "Willing Host Community"


This essay focuses on the concepts of “willing potential host” and “willing host” communities in the context of radioactive waste management facility siting. Should criteria for defining these be specified as a formal component of the siting process? Professor Hank C. Jenkins-Smith draws on political science references and on examples (principally from the United States) to examine complexities associated with such definitions. In the goal of developing broadly acceptable procedures for fair, safe and effective siting, he concludes that a preferable approach would be to allow these definitions to evolve, in the context of mutual learning, over the course of the siting process.