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# It is repeatedly claimed that the dumping of nuclear waste

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20 Mar 2012, 01:47
I choose A. Anyone OA? ?
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12 Jun 2012, 17:16
Need to find something that gives alternative explanation behind why the policy is to dump in sparse areas.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas.
It is not because the waste is harmful but because economic and bureaucratic reasons, waste is dumped in sparse areas.
I vote C
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13 Jun 2012, 07:57
IMO C is correct choice here.
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13 Jun 2012, 09:06
Nihit wrote:
It is repeatedly claimed that the dumping of nuclear waste poses no threat to people living nearby. If this claim could be made with certainty, there would be no reason for not locating sites in areas of dense population. But the policy of dumping nuclear waste only in the more sparsely populated regions indicates, at the very least, some misgiving about safety on the part of those responsible for policy.
Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Evaluation plans in the event of an accident could not be guaranteed to work perfectly except where the population is small.

B. In the event of an accident, it is certain that fewer people would be harmed in a sparsely populated than in a densely populated area.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas.

D. There are dangers associated with chemical waste, and it, too, is dumped away from areas of dense population.

E. Until there is no shred of doubt that nuclear dumps are safe, it makes sense to situate them where they pose the least threat to the public.

It would be really helpful if you could post the OA.

IMO - C
Dumping NW - no threat.
If claim certain - then dump in areas of D. Popu.
But - policy - Dump NW in Sp. Popu.
Indicates, at the very least, some misgiving about safety.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Evaluation plans in the event of an accident could not be guaranteed to work perfectly except where the population is small.
A hint of Safety issue - will not weaken.

B. In the event of an accident, it is certain that fewer people would be harmed in a sparsely populated than in a densely populated area.
A hint of Safety issue - will not weaken.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas.
Only option left. Clearly shows that Dumping in sp. popu is due to economic and bureau probs, and not a least issue of safety.

D. There are dangers associated with chemical waste, and it, too, is dumped away from areas of dense population.
+ve correlation with Safety issue - Strengthens.

E. Until there is no shred of doubt that nuclear dumps are safe, it makes sense to situate them where they pose the least threat to the public.
A hint of Safety issue - Strengthens misgivings.
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30 Jul 2012, 21:46
Good question.. Took a lot of time to figure it out.
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31 Jul 2012, 02:26
Use of double negative in the second line made it a bit difficult to decipher properly.
Completely agree with the OA.
Thank you for the question.
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31 Aug 2013, 02:54
Y U NO POST OA?

Remember, someone is still waiting for it.
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23 Oct 2013, 21:33
It is C. The answer C knocks out the position of the author saying that the reason for creating dumping sites in a sparsely populated area has nothing to do with the safety but only with the burocracy.
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02 May 2016, 00:46
what source of this question?
i afraid it from GMAT Prep, so that I will get the old question in my mock up test.
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21 Oct 2017, 16:32
Nihit wrote:
It is repeatedly claimed that the dumping of nuclear waste poses no threat to people living nearby. If this claim could be made with certainty, there would be no reason for not locating sites in areas of dense population. But the policy of dumping nuclear waste only in the more sparsely populated regions indicates, at the very least, some misgiving about safety on the part of those responsible for policy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Evaluation plans in the event of an accident could not be guaranteed to work perfectly except where the population is small.

B. In the event of an accident, it is certain that fewer people would be harmed in a sparsely populated than in a densely populated area.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas.

D. There are dangers associated with chemical waste, and it, too, is dumped away from areas of dense population.

E. Until there is no shred of doubt that nuclear dumps are safe, it makes sense to situate them where they pose the least threat to the public.

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very fabulous question, indeed

the argument allows for some misgivings about waste's detrimental effect on humans, as garbages are dumped in sparsely populated areas.
So, the best way to weaken the argument is to find a good reason behind such dumping...

C clearly has done the job.
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13 Nov 2017, 20:50
the source is from LSAT, so the question has much different pattern and intelligible sense from a gmat question.

C is truly the answer, b/c C gives an additional reason and a clear comparison between a dense area and a sparsely location.

E is out b/ of "make sense"
A is wrong b/c of "evaluation"
B is incorrect b/c of "event of accident"
D is eliminated b/c of "dangers"
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13 Dec 2017, 19:14
Nihit wrote:
It is repeatedly claimed that the dumping of nuclear waste poses no threat to people living nearby. If this claim could be made with certainty, there would be no reason for not locating sites in areas of dense population. But the policy of dumping nuclear waste only in the more sparsely populated regions indicates, at the very least, some misgiving about safety on the part of those responsible for policy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Evaluation plans in the event of an accident could not be guaranteed to work perfectly except where the population is small.

B. In the event of an accident, it is certain that fewer people would be harmed in a sparsely populated than in a densely populated area.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas.

D. There are dangers associated with chemical waste, and it, too, is dumped away from areas of dense population.

E. Until there is no shred of doubt that nuclear dumps are safe, it makes sense to situate them where they pose the least threat to the public.

Source: LSAT

I think the conclusion here is an implicit one: "dumping nuclear waste may pose some threat to people living nearby".

Whenever an argument begins with an ascription such as "it is repeatedly claimed", "it is often assumed", "many people believe", etc. ... 98% of the time the author's purpose/conclusion is to disagree with that initial claims.

So when I see the claim of "dumping nuclear waste poses no threat to people living nearby", I see the author's conclusion as: "we should doubt this claim".

why should we doubt this claim?

If ppl REALLY believed that dumping waste was harmless, then waste sites would be located in areas of dense population.

But since these sites seem to only be cropping up in sparse areas, I guess there really IS suspicion of danger.

the correct answer (C) effectively undermines the truth of the conditional in the 2nd sentence. (C) suggests that "even if nuclear waste sites were certain to pose no threat, there would STILL be good reasons for putting them in sparse rather than dense areas".

(A), (B), and (D) are all strengthening the argument by agreeing with the author that the reasons for favoring sparse over dense areas for nuclear waste sites include the possibly of an accident (i.e., these answers suggest that waste sites DO pose some threat to people living nearby)

(D) is technically out of scope, but the gist of it is still in line with how (A) and (B) work.

(E) also seems to strengthen the argument, if anything. It means something slightly different from the 2nd sentence of the stimulus, but it's very close in agreeing with the author's overall sentiment.
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14 Dec 2017, 06:37
It is repeatedly claimed that the dumping of nuclear waste poses no threat to people living nearby. If this claim could be made with certainty, there would be no reason for not locating sites in areas of dense population. But the policy of dumping nuclear waste only in the more sparsely populated regions indicates, at the very least, some misgiving about safety on the part of those responsible for policy.
Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Evaluation plans in the event of an accident could not be guaranteed to work perfectly except where the population is small. Irrelevant

B. In the event of an accident, it is certain that fewer people would be harmed in a sparsely populated than in a densely populated area. Similar to C but C has a better alternate explanation.

C. Dumping of nuclear waste poses fewer economic and bureaucratic problems in sparsely populated than in densely populated areas. Looks right. bureaucrats are linked to the policy makers.

D. There are dangers associated with chemical waste, and it, too, is dumped away from areas of dense population. Strengthens

E. Until there is no shred of doubt that nuclear dumps are safe, it makes sense to situate them where they pose the least threat to the public. Assuming too much

But the argument is about safety of people not the economic one, than why C? i know AO is C. But question remains why?
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