The Role of ASCE in Influencing Public Policy on Controversial Issues

by Stephen P. Zediak, Student; New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, N.M., 88003,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 1-2

Document Type: Journal Paper


The role ASCE takes in influencing public policy on controversial technical issues should be an active one. When the issue at hand is the safety of a nuclear power plant or some other question involving the use of technology, ASCE should not just be silent, but should be involved in informing the public on the controversies at hand. Professional organizations such as ASCE have a duty to aid in the formulation, presentation, and solution of these problems. The formulation and presentation of recommendations to the public is the role ASCE has in influencing public policy. Further involvment in the process can be realized by communicating with legistative bodies, agencies of government, and others influential in the determination of public policy.

Subject Headings: Public policy | Power plants | Nuclear safety | Public health and safety | Professional societies | Public participation

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