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Name of Article:
An Analysis of the Illinois Retail Rate Law and the Cook County Waste-to-Energy Siting Battles, 1987-2001 
Title of Book/Journal:
Dissertation Abstracts International 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
2002     
Author(s):
Sendzik, Mark Edward
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
63 
Issue: 12
Pages: 4500    
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Keyword(s):
ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT
GRASSROOTS
ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
LAW-STATE
WASTE DISPOSAL-SITING
RETAIL RATE LAW
Comments:
 
 
 
 
    
 
Annotation:
This thesis explores the environmental justice impacts of the 1998 Illinois Retail Rate Law and Cook County waste-to-energy siting proposals on the Chicago, Illinois, metropolitan area. Particular attention is given to the dynamics of the grassroots environmental organizations that emerged to fight the siting proposals. The organizations are examined in the context of NIMBYism [not in my backyard], the antitoxic movement, the environmental justice movement, and mainstream environmentalism. The underlying causes for the unintended consequences of the Retail Rate Law are analyzed against the backdrop of market and government failure. The author found that environmental justice did not play an instrumental role in repealing the Retail Rate Law or the siting proposals. Economic concerns led to the repeal of the legislation and demise of the original siting proposals. The author argues that circumstances of the siting battles and opposition groups raise questions about the future effectiveness of the environmental justice movement.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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