"Evaluating the 'Ethical Matrix' as a Radioactive Waste Management Deliberative Decision-Support Tool"

Cotton, Matthew | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Cotton, Matthew. “Evaluating the ‘Ethical Matrix’ as a Radioactive Waste Management Deliberative Decision-Support Tool.” Environmental Values 18, no. 2 (2009): 153–76. doi.org/10.3197/096327109X438044. Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/node/7498.

UK radioactive waste management policy making is currently taking place within a participatory and analytic-deliberative decision-making framework; one that seeks to integrate public and stakeholder values and perspectives with scientific and technical expertise. One important aspect of this socio-technical reframing of the radioactive waste problem is an explicit recognition that legitimate and defensible policy making must take into account important ethical issues if it is to be a success. Thus, there is a need for tools to incorporate adequate assessment of ethical issues in a way that is compatible with this approach. The ‘ethical matrix’ is one such tool used recently to address a range of agricultural and natural resource issues that shows promise for this field. This paper assesses the strengths and limitations of the matrix and outlines a framework for the development of alternative tools to better satisfy the needs of ethical assessment in radioactive waste management decision-making processes.

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