Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2000


Published in Great Plains Research 10 (Spring 2000). Copyright © 2000 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Hazardous Wastes describes the goals, methods, results, and conclusions of a research study, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, on the consequences of hazardous waste processing and storage sites in rural America. The inquiry compared current conditions and patterns of recent socioeconomic change in communities affected by waste facility siting and development with those that have experienced other types of recent development and with communities that have experienced only baseline patterns of change. Fifteen communities in five states (Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah) provided information for the study.