The Technical Basis for the NRC's Guidelines for External Risk Communication (NUREG/CR-6840)

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Manuscript Completed: January 2004
Date Published:
January 2004

Prepared by:
L. Peterson, E. Specht, E. Wight
6 Montgomery Village Avenue, Suite 650
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

S. Browde, A. Szabo, J. Persensky, NRC Project Managers

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

NRC Job Code Y6635

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This report provides the basis for NUREG/BR-0308, "Effective Risk Communications: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Guidelines for External Risk Communication." It presents a comparative analysis of NRC's risk communication needs and the state-of-the-art in risk communication practices, with a focus on external risk communications. In addition to providing a resource for the data collected during the formulation of the guidelines, this report provides recommendations for how the NRC can best incorporate risk communication principles throughout the agency. The Summary of Findings section contains the risk communication challenges and needs identified by NRC staff and management along with ideas, based on the state-of-the-art, for how NRC can improve in these areas. The Appendices contain survey instruments and results from the Needs Assessment Survey, which determined NRC risk communication needs, and the Best Practices Survey, which determined the state-of-the-art. Additionally, the appendices contain NRC and non-NRC (domestic and international) case studies, an annotated bibliography, and a risk message checklist.

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