RISK: Health, Safety & Environment (1990-2002)


Professor Shrader-Frechette discusses factors responsible for acute disagreement between the federal government and Nevada citizens over potential Risks at Yucca Mountain and focuses on the use of expert judgment, concluding that some of them appear to exemplify "bad science." That aside, she argues that 1,000 year predictions cannot be made from current knowledge of geology or, e.g., institutional behavior and concludes that permanent disposal of radioactive waste is currently impossible.

Repository Citation

Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Risk Estimation and Expert Judgment: The Case of Yucca Mountain , 3 Risk 283 (1992).