High-level nuclear waste management: analysis of options

Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
United States
H Gholamnezhad
Eastern Illinois University
United States

Publication date: Jun, 1982

Journal: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Vol.: 9- Issue: 2- Pages: 181-196

Abstract: A new approach is introduced for evaluating strategies for the safe disposal of high-level nuclear waste. Five strategies are considered, and by means of the effective method of ‘analytic hierarchy process’ these strategies are prioritized with respect to a set of tangible and intangible criteria. The results are compared with criteria adopted by the United States Department of Energy. The approach demonstrates that, when good judgments are used, one can solve complex decision problems in a simple way and make a rational decision in a short time.

Keywords: Nuclear waste management, Analytic Hierarchy Process, AHP