American Society of Civil Engineers

Yucca Mountain Project Public Interactions

by Beatrice E. Reilly, (Science Applications Int Corp, United States)

pp. 940-943

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to keeping the citizens of Nevada informed about activities that relate to the high-level nuclear waste repository program. This paper presents an overview of the Yucca Mountain Project’s public interaction philosophy, objectives, activities and experiences during the two years since Congress directed the DOE to conduct site characterization activities only for the Yucca Mountain site. The public interaction philosophy is founded on four fundamental principals: seek input from the public in designing programs; communicate at every opportunity with the public; always be accessible to the media; and identify and address controversial issues as they arise.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Waste disposal
Federal agencies
Public information programs
Radioactive wastes
Site investigation
Public participation
Public opinion

Author Keywords:
Radioactive Wastes
Nuclear Industry - Nevada - Radioactive Materials - Public Policy
High-level Nuclear Waste Repository Program - Public Information Activities - Public Information Philosophy - Yucca Mountain Geological Repository