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Title: Public opinion factors regarding nuclear power

This paper is an effort to identify, as comprehensively as possible, public concerns about nuclear power, and to assess, where possible, the relative importance of these concerns as they relate to government regulation of and policy towards nuclear power. It is based on some two dozen in-depth interviews with key communicators representing the nuclear power industry, the environmental community, and government, as well as on the parallel efforts in our research project: (1) review of federal court case law, (2) a selective examination of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) administrative process, and (3) the preceding George Mason University research project in this series. The paper synthesizes our findings about public attitudes towards nuclear power as expressed through federal court case law, NRC administrative law, public opinion surveys, and direct personal interviews. In so doing, we describe the public opinion environment in which the nuclear regulatory process must operate. Our premise is that public opinion ultimately underlies the approaches government agencies take towards regulating nuclear power, and that, to the degree that the nuclear power industry's practices are aligned with public opinion, a more favorable regulatory climate is possible.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5210347
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER/12951-4
ON: DE92015076
DOE Contract Number:
FC02-90ER12951
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; PUBLIC OPINION; ENERGY DEMAND; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; LEGAL ASPECTS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; REACTOR LICENSING; REACTOR SAFETY; DEMAND; LICENSING; MANAGEMENT; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; SAFETY; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT 220900* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety; 290600 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy; 210700 -- Nuclear Power Plants-- Regulation & Licensing