Effective Risk Communication (NUREG/BR-0308)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Guideline for External Risk Communication

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Date Published: January 2004

Prepared by:
J. Persensky, S. Browde, A. Szabo/NRC
L. Peterson, E. Specht, E. Wight/WPI

Division of Systems Analysis and Regulatory Effectiveness
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

6 Montgomery Village Avenue
Suite 650
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


These guidelines are a reflection of the risk communication understanding of researchers, trainers, and practitioners from numerous federal, state, private, and educational organizations. NRC and WPI are indebted to individuals from the organizations listed below as well as staff throughout the NRC for sharing their knowledge and experience. The completeness of these guidelines and their relevance to situations faced by NRC staff are the direct result of the time they generously spent with the authors both in interviews and collaborating on actual risk communication projects.

We are grateful to

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Centers for Disease Control
Creighton & Creighton
Decision Partners
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Fulton Communications
George Washington University
JKR Associates
Maine Yankee
Maryland Department of Environment
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Transportation Safety Board
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Nuclear Energy Institute
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
University of Colorado
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
U. S. Department of Defense
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

We also are grateful to the more than 50 NRC staff members that we interviewed from all levels, offices, and regions of the organization who provided essential insight into the agency and feedback on early drafts. Their involvement has been instrumental in shaping the content and structure of the final guide.

Finally, we thank the entire Risk Communication Steering Committee for their supportive guidance, steady commitment, and unwavering enthusiasm throughout the development of the guidelines.

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