A Reasoned Response to Nimby Opposition to Incineration of Chemical Weapon Stockpiles
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA
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An analysis of a dilemma faced by elected officials who face international responsibilities on one hand and obligations to constituents on the other. Diplomatic efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons culminated in January 1993 with the signing of a multilateral Chemical Weapons Convention. This treaty not only bans use, but also production or stockpiling and requires destruction of existing weapons. In 1985 the United States Congress established a program that mandates destruction of aging chemical stockpiles however, plans to incinerate are opposed by classic not in my backyard arguments. This thesis suggests a reasoned response to move the program beyond the NIMBY stalemate.
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