Using previous public testimony to prepare risk messages

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People need a sense of control over their own lives, but they sometimes feel that they do not have that control when faced with a risk such as that posed by a nuclear power reactor or an incinerator for radioactive waste. Agencies communicating the risk must understand the fears of stakeholders (the people who share in the risk) and try to address those fears. The Emergency Response and Community Right to Know Act, Title 3 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), is a broad risk communication statute that ensures that the information is available through statutes, public hearings, ... continued below

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Durbin, M.E. January 1, 1991.

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People need a sense of control over their own lives, but they sometimes feel that they do not have that control when faced with a risk such as that posed by a nuclear power reactor or an incinerator for radioactive waste. Agencies communicating the risk must understand the fears of stakeholders (the people who share in the risk) and try to address those fears. The Emergency Response and Community Right to Know Act, Title 3 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), is a broad risk communication statute that ensures that the information is available through statutes, public hearings, and the media. To arrive at a decision about a risk concerning them and thereby achieve a sense of control, stakeholders must have access to the information about a decision and then must understand it. Their task is seemingly simple: they only have to use their rights under Title 3 to find information on a risk, act on the information, and make an informed choice about the risk. One way that agencies can help the stakeholders maneuver through the maze of regulations governing a risk and communicating the risk itself is through public hearings that actively seek the involvement of the stakeholders. This report suggests items that should be included in the risk message.

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  • 39. international technical communication conference, Atlanta, GA (United States), 10-13 May 1992

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  • Other: DE91016307
  • Report No.: LA-UR-91-2544
  • Report No.: CONF-920525--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5806950
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1098510

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Durbin, M.E. Using previous public testimony to prepare risk messages, article, January 1, 1991; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1098510/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.