The Oregon Experiment: Public Information and Involvement

by Mary Lou Blazek, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
Janet E. Franco, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
Robert W. Robison, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
William J. Sanderson, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
David A. Stewart-Smith, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
Stephen E. Binney, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,
Brian Dodd, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: Oregon is neighbor to the Hanford Nuclear Site that now has the nation's largest store of radioactive waste. Oregon supports Hanford cleanup, which will require waste transport through Oregon. The Oregon Department of Energy, aided by Oregon State University, designed a means to measure how information affects public opinion, if at all, about nuclear weapons waste transport. The project has four components: 1) two formal organizations at state policy and citizen advisory levels, 2) a transport safety program, 3) formal professional public opinion surveys, and 4) a comprehensive public information strategy. The two organizations developed transport safety recommendations, most of which were adopted by USDOE. Early survey results are being analyzed and interpreted.

Subject Headings: Transportation safety | Public information programs | Information management | Public transportation | Public participation | Radioactive wastes | Nuclear power | Waste sites | Public opinions | Oregon

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