Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play: Siting an Asphalt Plant in the City of Madrona

TitleEnvironment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play: Siting an Asphalt Plant in the City of Madrona
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsCorburn, J, Susskind, L
KeywordsADR, Beaumont Incinerator Exercise, decision making, dispute, environmental dispute resolution, howard raiffa, joint fact finding, Lawrence Susskind, negotiation, PON

Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among community representatives, elected leaders, environmental and health experts, and asphalt company regarding siting of an asphalt plant in a racially mixed neighborhood.

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The City of Madrona’s zoning board has approved construction of an asphalt plant in the largely minority-populated neighborhood of Pina. The plant will supply the asphalt necessary for major projects which are vital to stimulating Madrona’s stagnant economy. Opponents of the plant, mainly environmental groups, churches, and neighborhood organizations, believe the zoning process was unfair, particularly in light of the cumulative health risks that will fall primarily on the ‘minority community’. One long-time Pina resident and physician has suggested that there is a correlation between the high rates of lung and respiratory cancer evident in Pina residents and the already high level of air pollution in the neighborhood. Proponents of plant construction claim that all legal requirements regarding the siting and environmental impact assessment have been met. Six key stakeholders must meet to consider how to address this matter in a fair way and also how to deal with claims of racism in environmental decision making.