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Title: Finding the Public Voice: A Few Observations After Experience on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board - 12226

Abstract

This Paper reflects my views on some of the difficulties and successes in seeking and reflecting the opinions and input of the typical citizen relative to the Savannah River Site (SRS) cleanup programs. These views are based on four years of membership on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board was established by Department of Energy- Environmental Management in 1994 with the goal of improving cleanup decisions by reflecting priorities and concerns of stakeholders and generally improving communication with the public, particularly in the areas most impacted by site operations. The SRS CAB has been a successful venture and has had a notable record of accomplishments with approximately 285 recommendations over its 17-year history. Many of these recommendations have been very specific and have impacted Site priorities on many issues of concern to the public. However, attaining this success and truly reflecting the views of the typical citizen is a difficult proposition. This concept begs such questions as: where do you get the input? how do you get these views? and how do you know when you've gotten it right? As a Board we have had to deal with groups who seem to havemore » a bias either in favor of or strongly opposed to certain cleanup actions or other groups who have a total focus on a single topic such as jobs. It is our role to ensure that a balanced approach is adopted which reflects the sentiments of the general public. After some four years experience on the Board I have formulated a few ideas that should make the Board one that more completely reflects public sentiments and makes useful thoughtful input. Therefore, this paper looks at the manner and difficulty of seeking input and generally communicating with the public while offering some views on how to improve the process. The Citizens Advisory Board was envisioned as a body of private citizens who looked at cleanup activities of the Site and reflected the public view and input as the Site carried out the EM mission. In my view this body has carried out that mandate. Over its 17-year history the CAB has been diligent in its duties and enthusiastic in its involvement. The CAB has been energetic, active, and innovative in their work. The SRS CAB has developed a number of innovative and effective measures to serve the public good by improving the internal procedures to make the Board more informed and the external processes to make the public more involved. This paper described some of the more useful measures, which have assisted in that pursuit. This work has resulted in numerous recommendations that have led to many improvements in Site cleanup. By any measure this body of work by the CAB is a noteworthy success. (authors)« less

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  1. Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
WM Symposia, 1628 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 9-332, Tempe, AZ 85282 (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
22293517
Report Number(s):
INIS-US-14-WM-12226
TRN: US14V1172115041
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: WM2012: Waste Management 2012 conference on improving the future in waste management, Phoenix, AZ (United States), 26 Feb - 1 Mar 2012; Other Information: Country of input: France
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; APPROXIMATIONS; CLEANING; ENVIRONMENT; RECOMMENDATIONS; SAVANNAH RIVER

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Bridges, Donald. Finding the Public Voice: A Few Observations After Experience on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board - 12226. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Bridges, Donald. Finding the Public Voice: A Few Observations After Experience on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board - 12226. United States.
Bridges, Donald. Sun . "Finding the Public Voice: A Few Observations After Experience on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board - 12226". United States.
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abstractNote = {This Paper reflects my views on some of the difficulties and successes in seeking and reflecting the opinions and input of the typical citizen relative to the Savannah River Site (SRS) cleanup programs. These views are based on four years of membership on the SRS Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board was established by Department of Energy- Environmental Management in 1994 with the goal of improving cleanup decisions by reflecting priorities and concerns of stakeholders and generally improving communication with the public, particularly in the areas most impacted by site operations. The SRS CAB has been a successful venture and has had a notable record of accomplishments with approximately 285 recommendations over its 17-year history. Many of these recommendations have been very specific and have impacted Site priorities on many issues of concern to the public. However, attaining this success and truly reflecting the views of the typical citizen is a difficult proposition. This concept begs such questions as: where do you get the input? how do you get these views? and how do you know when you've gotten it right? As a Board we have had to deal with groups who seem to have a bias either in favor of or strongly opposed to certain cleanup actions or other groups who have a total focus on a single topic such as jobs. It is our role to ensure that a balanced approach is adopted which reflects the sentiments of the general public. After some four years experience on the Board I have formulated a few ideas that should make the Board one that more completely reflects public sentiments and makes useful thoughtful input. Therefore, this paper looks at the manner and difficulty of seeking input and generally communicating with the public while offering some views on how to improve the process. The Citizens Advisory Board was envisioned as a body of private citizens who looked at cleanup activities of the Site and reflected the public view and input as the Site carried out the EM mission. In my view this body has carried out that mandate. Over its 17-year history the CAB has been diligent in its duties and enthusiastic in its involvement. The CAB has been energetic, active, and innovative in their work. The SRS CAB has developed a number of innovative and effective measures to serve the public good by improving the internal procedures to make the Board more informed and the external processes to make the public more involved. This paper described some of the more useful measures, which have assisted in that pursuit. This work has resulted in numerous recommendations that have led to many improvements in Site cleanup. By any measure this body of work by the CAB is a noteworthy success. (authors)},
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