Scientific Literacy and Public Education About High-Level Radioactive Waste

by Frank D. Meyers, Univ of Nevada, Reno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The citizens of the United States, and I would tend to believe of other countries, must be sufficiently science literate to make intelligent, rational decisions regarding energy and mineral resource development policy; the social, economic and environmental impact of the policy; and, the treatment of waste products from these developments. The schools, higher education and community must, through a collaborative effort, establish programs for scientific literacy. This would include developing extensive in-service programs and the development of curriculum and materials to foster state-of-the-art centers for science, math and technology. To make a difference, to achieve scientific literacy, to assist our citizens in making difficult, but extremely important, decisions about energy and nuclear waste will take determination, resources, leadership and time.

Subject Headings: Education | Radioactive wastes | Waste treatment | Mine wastes | Nuclear power | Engineering education | Minerals | Social factors | United States

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