Day 19 review:

Community engagement and the sharing of information were the key themes under discussion at today’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission public session.

Topic 13 – Community engagement and nuclear facilities (general principles) heard evidence from experts in the field.

The first witness was Professor Daniela Stehlik, from the Australian National University, who has extensive experience in exploring the influences on the public debate around nuclear power in Australia. Her evidence covered:

  • Pathways to attitude formation in relation to nuclear power in Australia
  • Key findings of the 2010 National Academies Forum report, Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia.

The University of Oklahoma’s Professor Hank Jenkins-Smith then provided evidence about risk and crisis management. Professor Jenkins-Smith obtained his PhD in political science and public policy from the University of Rochester in 1985. His work in recent years has focused on public understanding and response to a range of societal risks, including climate change, nuclear technologies, natural disasters, radioactive materials and vaccines. He covered:

  • Key attributes of consent-based siting processes
  • Learnings from past consent-based processes in the US and internationally

The day’s final evidence was from respected expert in stakeholder engagement Ms Barbara Carpany. Her work has focused on engagement and risk communication in the mining, water, oil and gas industries, in addition to environmental projects. Her information focused on:

  • Key principles of community engagement
  • Key lessons of community engagement and controversial projects

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness list for this session which covers Topic 7.