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Title: Community Surveys: Low Dose Radiation. Fernald, Ohio and Rocky Flats, Colorado

Abstract

This report is intended to present a basic description of the data from the two community surveys and to document the text of the questions; the methods used for the survey data collection; and a brief overview of the results. Completed surveys were conducted at local communities near the Rocky Flats, Colorado and the Fernald, Ohio sites; no survey was conducted for the Brookhaven, New York site. Fernald. The Fernald sample was randomly selected from 98% of all potential residential telephones in the townships of Ross, Morgan, and Crosby. The only telephone exchanges not used for the Fernald study had 4%, or fewer, of the holders of the telephone numbers actually living in either of the three target townships. Surveying started on July 24, 2001 and finished on August 30, 2001. A total of 399 completed interviews were obtained resulting in a CASRO response rate of 41.8%. The average length of an interview was 16.5 minutes. Rocky Flats. The sample was randomly selected from all potential residential telephones in Arvada and from 99% of the potential telephones in Westminster. Surveying started on August 10, 2001 and finished on September 25, 2001. A total of 401 completed interviews were obtained withmore » a CASRO response rate of 32.5%. The average length of an interview was 15.7 minutes. Overall, respondents hold favorable views of science. They indicate an interest in developments in science and technology, feel that the world is better off because of science, and that science makes our lives healthier, easier, and more comfortable. However, respondents are divided on whether science should decide what is safe or not safe for themselves and their families. The majority of the respondents think that standards for exposure to radiation should be based on what science knows about health effects of radiation and on what is possible with today's technology. Although few respondents had visited the sites, most had heard or read something about Fernald or Rocky Flat s in the media. Impressions of the sites tend to be negative. Most respondents feel that overall their community would be better off without the site. However, when asked about the economic future of their community after cleanup and closure of the site, only 31-43% thought that it will be better, 47-56% thought their local economy will be about the same.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Decision Science Research Institute Inc. dba Decision Research (US)
OSTI Identifier:
803108
Report Number(s):
Final Report-69904
69904; TRN: US200706%%594
DOE Contract Number:  
FC07-99ER62879
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CLOSURES; COMMUNITIES; ECONOMICS; RADIATIONS; TARGETS; COMMUNITY SURVEYS; LOW-DOSE RADIATION; FERNALD, OHIO; ROCKY FLATS, COLORADO

Citation Formats

C. K. Mertz, James Flynn, Donald G. MacGregor, Theresa Satterfield, Stephen M. Johnson, Seth Tuler, and Thomas Webler. Community Surveys: Low Dose Radiation. Fernald, Ohio and Rocky Flats, Colorado. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.2172/803108.
C. K. Mertz, James Flynn, Donald G. MacGregor, Theresa Satterfield, Stephen M. Johnson, Seth Tuler, & Thomas Webler. Community Surveys: Low Dose Radiation. Fernald, Ohio and Rocky Flats, Colorado. United States. doi:10.2172/803108.
C. K. Mertz, James Flynn, Donald G. MacGregor, Theresa Satterfield, Stephen M. Johnson, Seth Tuler, and Thomas Webler. Wed . "Community Surveys: Low Dose Radiation. Fernald, Ohio and Rocky Flats, Colorado". United States. doi:10.2172/803108. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/803108.
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title = {Community Surveys: Low Dose Radiation. Fernald, Ohio and Rocky Flats, Colorado},
author = {C. K. Mertz and James Flynn and Donald G. MacGregor and Theresa Satterfield and Stephen M. Johnson and Seth Tuler and Thomas Webler},
abstractNote = {This report is intended to present a basic description of the data from the two community surveys and to document the text of the questions; the methods used for the survey data collection; and a brief overview of the results. Completed surveys were conducted at local communities near the Rocky Flats, Colorado and the Fernald, Ohio sites; no survey was conducted for the Brookhaven, New York site. Fernald. The Fernald sample was randomly selected from 98% of all potential residential telephones in the townships of Ross, Morgan, and Crosby. The only telephone exchanges not used for the Fernald study had 4%, or fewer, of the holders of the telephone numbers actually living in either of the three target townships. Surveying started on July 24, 2001 and finished on August 30, 2001. A total of 399 completed interviews were obtained resulting in a CASRO response rate of 41.8%. The average length of an interview was 16.5 minutes. Rocky Flats. The sample was randomly selected from all potential residential telephones in Arvada and from 99% of the potential telephones in Westminster. Surveying started on August 10, 2001 and finished on September 25, 2001. A total of 401 completed interviews were obtained with a CASRO response rate of 32.5%. The average length of an interview was 15.7 minutes. Overall, respondents hold favorable views of science. They indicate an interest in developments in science and technology, feel that the world is better off because of science, and that science makes our lives healthier, easier, and more comfortable. However, respondents are divided on whether science should decide what is safe or not safe for themselves and their families. The majority of the respondents think that standards for exposure to radiation should be based on what science knows about health effects of radiation and on what is possible with today's technology. Although few respondents had visited the sites, most had heard or read something about Fernald or Rocky Flat s in the media. Impressions of the sites tend to be negative. Most respondents feel that overall their community would be better off without the site. However, when asked about the economic future of their community after cleanup and closure of the site, only 31-43% thought that it will be better, 47-56% thought their local economy will be about the same.},
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