This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.
Negotiating Superfund Cleanup at the Massachusetts Military Reservation
The soils and the groundwater that lie beneath the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) are saturated with the toxic remnants of more than 50 years of active military use. The MMR has been used as an armed forces base since 1911 (Plume Response Plan, 1994, p. 2–1). The reservation is 34 square miles (approximately 22,000 acres) and borders the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, approximately 70 miles south of Boston. The military, in the standard practice of the day, built and used unlined landfills; poured excess jet fuel off into the ground; and serviced large numbers of tanks, trucks, and other vehicles with ...