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The evolution and implementation of a public information strategy on radioactive waste management

Objective

The Radwaste Plan of Action, now extended to 1999, requires that the public has to be informed of developments in radioactive waste management in the European Community. Member states and the European Commission should provide the public with regular information regarding radioactive waste management and storage. The programme to be developed should aim in:

- providing a firm basis for the evolution of Community policy on the public information aspects of radioactive waste disposal,

- enabling the communications lessons learned by individual Member Country authorities to be shared across the Community,

- providing a resource base of independent and authoritative communications materials to be used in the communications programmes of Member countries.

A key element to enable the development of "best practice" is the cooperation with the national agencies.
The objectives of this project are to provide a firm basis for the evolution of Community policy on the public information aspects of radioactive waste disposal, to enable the communications lessons learned by individual Member Country authorities to be shared across the Community and to provide a resource base of independent and authoritative communications materials to be used in the communications programmes of Member Countries.

The limitations of conventional opinion research, as a basis for the evolution of an information strategy, have been identified. Together with the defects in the nuclear industry's present public information strategy. A review of young people's knowledge of our attitudes to radioactive waste has been conducted, plus a survey of relevant information materials available for school's and teachers' use. The materials currently available fail to tackle attitudinal blockage to learning. An approach is suggested for developing a flexible teaching package which could be incorporated in various European Community syllabuses for the 14 to 16 years age range.
Work programme:

- A review of European Community public information policy,

- Information exchange between national agencies to encourage best practice

- Development and production of authoritative information materials

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GCI London
Address
Chelsea Manor Gardens
SW3 5PN London
United Kingdom