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Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain


Vincent F. Ialenti


Cornell University - Department of Anthropology

2014

Ialenti, Vincent F. 2014. Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain. Special Issue on "Energy in Society" in Science & Technology Studies 27(2).

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This paper draws upon perspectives on legal personhood, expert knowledge-practices, and social relations influential in STS and Anthropology to revisit the legal-procedural framing of the United States’ now-defunct high-level nuclear waste repository project at Yucca Mountain. Specifically, it examines how this project reinvented both (a) conventional figures of legal personhood as what is called a ‘reasonably maximally exposed individual’ and (b) legal adjudication’s familiar ‘rule-facts-judge’ template as a frame for establishing the repository licensing regime’s delegation of roles, responsibilities, and duties in response to its unique regulatory horizons that extended millennia into the future. Unpacking the implications of these familiar legal figures being brought to bear on historically unprecedented ‘deep’ timescales, this paper concludes by offering alternative lines of inquiry for interdisciplinary analysis of nuclear energy and its associated waste products that were revealed in developing this case study of the Yucca Mountain Project.

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Keywords: Nuclear Waste, Temporality, Legal Anthropology

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Date posted: June 25, 2014 ; Last revised: September 21, 2014

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Ialenti, Vincent F., Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain (2014). Ialenti, Vincent F. 2014. Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain. Special Issue on "Energy in Society" in Science & Technology Studies 27(2).. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2457896

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Cornell University - Department of Anthropology ( email )
Ithaca, NY
United States
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