The Formation and Economic Impact of Perceptions of Risk Surrounding Nuclear Facilities

by Tim Allison, Argonne Natl Lab, Argonne, IL, USA,
Frank Calzonetti, Argonne Natl Lab, Argonne, IL, USA,
Susan Hunter, Argonne Natl Lab, Argonne, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


This paper summarizes the results of an investigation of factors determining the nature of risk perceptions associated with eleven nuclear facilities and their impact on local economic development. The paper indicates that the nature of risk perceptions depends primarily on the level of communication by plant officials within the local community, the track record of the facility operator, the process through which community and state officials receive information and form opinions, and the level of economic links each facility has with the local community. The research indicates that adverse risk perceptions have not affected economic development.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Risk management | Nuclear power | Power plants | Social factors | Public information programs

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