chapter  3
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Resisting the juggernaut: opposition in the 1950s

Part of the normative and sociological common sense which has developed around nuclear power, and environmental issues more generally, is that public opposition is a recent phenomenon (e.g. O’Riordan 1986). Far from this being the case the introduction of nuclear techniques were met by concerted opposition which should be understood as a response to the nuclear nature of the development. Sites proposed for nuclear reactors, waste repositories and practices associated with the transport of nuclear materials were all contested during the 1950s (Berkhout 1991: 1; Blowers 1991; Welsh 1988, 1993).