Yucca Mountain Project Public Interactions

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


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.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Public participation | Public information programs | Site investigation | Nuclear power | Industrial wastes | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Nevada | United States

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