Public Involvement in Environmental Restoration: Disaster Research and Sociological Practice in Superfund Community Relations Plans

March 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 1)

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This paper examines the use of disaster and community research literature regarding public involvement planning for environmental restoration. Specifically, this paper is based upon the author\\'s direct involvement in planning associated with technological hazards. First, the paper reviews the general political and regulatory background associated with public involvement in a specific environmental restoration program. Second, it illustrates how the research literature helps focus environmental restoration upon its social context. In addition, methodological issues in public involvement planning are also addressed.