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Refining ExpertiseHow Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges$
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Gwen Ottinger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762370.001.0001

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Dangerous Stories

Dangerous Stories

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Refining Expertise

Gwen Ottinger

NYU Press

This chapter examines how discourses of individual responsibility and residential choice provided an opportunity for experts to position themselves as informers of responsible choices. Focusing on the Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy's campaign against Orion Refining, it considers local residents' stories about how they came to live in New Sarpy and how petrochemical industry experts met residents' stories and their implied critiques with their own stories which place the enterprising individual at the center. It also explores the connection between moral authority and responsible choice within the context of neoliberalism and how petrochemical industry scientists and engineers used their enterprising stories to maintain their own expert authority over contested issues of environmental health.

Keywords:   responsible choice, Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, Orion Refining, New Sarpy, petrochemical industry, neoliberalism, scientists, engineers, expert authority, environmental health

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