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  • 1. Expanding Participation in Regulatory Processes: Experience from Public Meetings
    Sara K. (Sahm) Mroz
    Office of Nuclear Security & Incident Response
    January 11, 2010
    emergencypreparedness.resource@nrc.gov
  • 2. NRC Mission
    To regulate the nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.
  • 3. Challenge
    Maximize involvement of diverse group of stakeholders in largest change to emergency preparedness regulations in 30 years
    High visibility
    High interest
    High emotion
  • 4. Stakeholders
  • 5. Solution
    Web conferencing using commercial off-the-shelf technology
    Low cost
    Public access
    Ease of use
    No need to travel
    “Green”
  • 6. Positive Reviews
    “Technology is GREAT! … We could see and hear everything that was said and it was easy for us to participate. … I would recommend that all public meetings in the future be conducted in the same manner.”
    – Carol O’Claire, Radiological Branch Chief, State of Ohio
  • 7. Lessons Learned
    Security / Internal Issues
    Public is willing to try new things!
    (Credit for listening & being responsive)
    Time investment large but worthwhile
    Outreach, outreach, outreach!

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