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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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From Deliberation to Dialogue

From Deliberation to Dialogue

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(p.97) 4 From Deliberation to Dialogue
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Refining Expertise
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Gwen Ottinger

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762370.003.0004

This chapter examines the Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy's (CCNS) dispute with Orion Refining to illustrate how community–industry dialogue served as a venue for experts not only to demonstrate their technical knowledge but also to express their commitment to environmental quality. It considers the visions of deliberation held by CCNS and their supporters and how they differ from those of petrochemical industry officials and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. It also discusses the negotiations in Norco as an exemplar of environmental justice activists' model for community-industry talks, along with the deliberative structures of Community Advisory Panels and Community–Industry Panels. Finally, it explores the ways that community–industry dialogues diverge from a structure that could enable nonscientists to challenge expert knowledge and ways of knowing.

Keywords:   expert knowledge, Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, New Sarpy, Orion Refining, community–industry dialogue, experts, technical knowledge, environmental quality, deliberation, Community Advisory Panels

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