Public Communication and Participation Activities in Siting Controversial Facilities in the United States and Western Europe: An Examination of Lessons Learnedby Ginger P. King, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Katherine Kornfeld, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Viola McAvey, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
John Munro, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Abstract: The authors of this paper conducted a comprehensive review of literature discussing the siting of controversial facilities in the United States and Western Europe in order to identify lessons regarding the role of public communication and participation. Sources found that effective public communication and participation are extremely important to successful facility siting, although they do not guarantee it. Lessons fell into four categories: (1) Recognizing and addressing public concerns; (2) Meeting the communication and participation needs of key publics; (3) Creating an effective siting process; and (4) Recognizing the limitations of public communication and participation. The paper discusses specific lessons, with examples from the literature, in each category.
Subject Headings: Public buildings | Professional development | Public participation | Radioactive wastes | Fuels | Public opinions | Industrial facilities | Industrial wastes | Western Europe | North America | Europe | United States
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