February 9, 1997
North Carolina has recently gone through the painfully slow process of determining potential sites for the construction of a low level radioactive waste disposal facility. The method used for determining potential sites was to exclude all areas that did not meet selected criteria (for example, protected park area would automatically be excluded) and to choose a site from the remaining area. While this methodology did produce a set of potential sites, many people felt that the narrowed sites were in "poorer" parts of the state. By incorporating GIS into the selection procedure it is possible to develop a list that is more flexible as constraints change and more scientific.