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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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CASTILLO-OROPEZA, Oscar Adán  and  DELGADO-HERNANDEZ, Edgar. Political Ecology of Suffering from Radioactive Waste: Case Study in Temascalapa, Mexico. Letras Verdes [online]. 2021, n.30, pp.163-184. ISSN 1390-6631.

This article analyzes, from the point of view of the political ecology of suffering from radioactive waste, the case of the Radioactive Waste Storage Center (CADER) located in the municipality of Temascalapa, State of Mexico, Mexico. In a scenario of supposed energy transition at a global and local level, the political-economic power relations determine the production and final disposal of radioactive waste in this place. The experiences of environmental suffering of the subjects who live near the CADER, who suffer from uncertainty, waiting, deception and abandonment by the State are analyzed, as well as the political actions they have taken to defend their territory and life in general. The fieldwork in the communities adjacent to CADER, with a duration of 4 months, included observations, photographs, semi-structured interviews with key informants, analysis of official documents and data, newspaper notes, and geographic information systems.

Keywords : energy transition; Mexico; political ecology; radioactive waste; suffering; Temascalapa.

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