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Resolving Local Land Use Disputes: A Collaborative Approach


Protracted, often hostile, legal disputes between industry officials, government representatives and environmental protection advocates characterized many federal regulatory efforts in the 1970s. The high financial costs and otherwise unsatisfactory results of litigation-around such issues as siting energy facilities and regulat­ ing mineral exploration in wilderness areas-have motivated government, environmental and industry groups to explore alterna­ tive approaches for resolving their differences.

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