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Title: Public Outreach of the South Texas Health Physic Society and Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department

Abstract

In a cooperative effort of the members of the South Texas Chapter of the Heath Physics Society (STC-HPS) and the Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department, great efforts have been made to reach out and provide educational opportunities to members of the general public, school age children, and specifically teachers. These efforts have taken the form of Science Teacher Workshops (STW), visits to schools all over the state of Texas, public forums, and many other educational arenas. A major motivational factor for these most recent efforts can be directly tied to the attempt of the State of Texas to site a low-level radioactive waste facility near Sierra Blanca in West Texas. When the State of Texas first proposed to site a low level radioactive waste site after the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980 was passed, many years of political struggle ensued. Finally, a site at Sierra Blanca in far West Texas was selected for study and characterization for a disposal site for waste generated in the Texas Compact states of Maine, Vermont and Texas. During this process, the outreach to and education of the local public became a paramount issue.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
none (US)
OSTI Identifier:
827033
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2003 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003; Other Information: PBD: 24 Feb 2003
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS; CHILDREN; EDUCATION; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR ENGINEERING; PHYSICS; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES

Citation Formats

Berry, R. O. Public Outreach of the South Texas Health Physic Society and Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Berry, R. O. Public Outreach of the South Texas Health Physic Society and Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department. United States.
Berry, R. O. Mon . "Public Outreach of the South Texas Health Physic Society and Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/827033.
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abstractNote = {In a cooperative effort of the members of the South Texas Chapter of the Heath Physics Society (STC-HPS) and the Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department, great efforts have been made to reach out and provide educational opportunities to members of the general public, school age children, and specifically teachers. These efforts have taken the form of Science Teacher Workshops (STW), visits to schools all over the state of Texas, public forums, and many other educational arenas. A major motivational factor for these most recent efforts can be directly tied to the attempt of the State of Texas to site a low-level radioactive waste facility near Sierra Blanca in West Texas. When the State of Texas first proposed to site a low level radioactive waste site after the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980 was passed, many years of political struggle ensued. Finally, a site at Sierra Blanca in far West Texas was selected for study and characterization for a disposal site for waste generated in the Texas Compact states of Maine, Vermont and Texas. During this process, the outreach to and education of the local public became a paramount issue.},
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year = {Mon Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2003},
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