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An Attitude Survey on the Establishment of Offshore BSL-4 Facility as a NIMBY

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Takako Kobayashi, Takeo Kondo, Yuji Miura, Kazukiyo Yamamoto, Wataru Miyazaki

Nihon University, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2010-20603, pp. 189-192; 4 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4911-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We conducted a pilot attitude survey about attitude towards NIMBY (not in my back yard) facility with the students who major in ocean engineering and environmental engineering as subjects. The results found the following: facilities that are most often considered NIMBYs are a nuclear power plant, an industrial waste disposal facility, followed by a bio-research institute; if a NIMBY is established more than 50 km apart from the subjects’ residential area, its presence becomes acceptable; the degree of rejection lessens in the order of an isolated, uninhabited island, on a desert, and a submarine location. Also, the results showed that the best merit of building a BSL-4 facility offshore is that it can be relocated to another location if necessary. As a conclusion, a BSL-4 facility is most likely to be accepted to the local residents if it is built on a floating construction 50 km offshore, allowing to move to another location if necessary.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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