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    Fear, uncertainty, doubt. public perception versus radiation protection science  fetwadjieff Fear, uncertainty, doubt. public perception versus radiation protection science fetwadjieff Presentation Transcript

    • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt Public Perception versus Radiation Protection Science Ivan Fetwadjieff Senior Scientific Officer - Radiation Resources Safety Division 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA phone (08) 9358 8086 email Ivan.Fetwadjieff@dmp.wa.gov.au Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Overview of my presentation 1. What is FUD? 5. Thorium & Uranium 2. Examples of FUD 6. Claims & Counter claims 3. Who's Who in the Uranium debate 7. Countering FUD 4. The Media's role 8. Conclusions Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Definition Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Fear of radiation Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Chernobyl - Cold War Nuclear technology and radiation are perceived to be extraordinarily dangerous and incomprehensible Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Uncertainty about the safety Rusting drums containing low-grade uranium were buried in the area in 2000 by officials from the Department of Minerals and Energy after fears were raised by Wiluna Aborigines that they were being exposed to the deadly ore. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Doubts about the science Low doses are safe No dose is safe Dr Doug Boreham Dr Helen Caldicott Prof Wade Allison Dr Peter Karamoskos Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Who's Who in the uranium safety debate Federal PRO-URANIUM MINING WA Chamber Labor Party of Minerals & Federal Federal Energy Liberal Party Government Uranium Australian Mining WA State Uranium Mining WA State Unions Government Association Companies Liberal Party Media Traditional Owners Public Public Greens FANG BUMP Health ANAWA Association Unions WA WA State Conservation Medical Labor Party Council Association Doctors for the Environment Prevention of War Australia ANTI-URANIUM MINING Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Baffled The Media and radiation OUR politicians have shelved public debates, which as we know are highly Community emotional, in favour of the rational scientific advice of professionals, who per demands inquiry Ho t Pep eed to be THIS morning a unfortunately see the world through the n’t n to narrow field of their blinkered, rational U do scientist YO ear delegation of unions, minds. cl cted Concer Uran ium a nu een affe Indigenous groups, n over b have nuclear health professionals, U-plant madness e by th ry or kno by w environmental site indu st d THE sit GERADTON Port ffecte organisations and local e peo ple a ry. uranium of the old Inqui Authority must be dust community groups researc ry int sta rt raving mad if the in ver assembled at the near Ka lgoorlie h plant MP’s o you e worker Boulder - claim it believes Have n to a Australian Uranium high radia of ha e under th s come residents will ever spok anger or Conference in e spotlig GREE tion R ht be comfortable from ic Dam Fremantle to voice their after it was re NS M p and vea Chap P Rob with shipping Olym m mines y of opposition to uranium the secure fen led visite ple re c in uranium through iu uran how ma ates n mining in WA. been kn oc cing ha d d two ently d aske ld work m alive possibly ked down, Lake s Way, ites at the city. o exposin uraniu a their sses are ith casual m otor cro g m exp former bo w site a and now sick riders to radioac ss bout 2 loration e south 0km lic rally on or ar r? materia l. tive -e where ast of Wil Pub canc e una, recor he claims uranium Moore twists the facts on of rad ded h ig he protest rally iation h levels A PUBLIC mining will Geige on a again st uranium ide Lake Way radioactive sites r sayin counter, ow to coinc g be held tomorr TODAY’s press release from Norman Moore was 1 one readin d of the 0 than n 0 times hi g with the en regarding radioactive sites at Lake Way indicated Mining orma gher Sustainable - a comprehensive lack of radiation knowledge and levels l radia in Kalgoorlie . tion Conference of the Lake Way area, Greens MLC Robin Boulder. Chapple said. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Public perception of thorium / uranium Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Claims and counter claims Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Countering FUD – 1. Listen to the public • Attend public meetings, rallies, workshops and forums • Review Media releases • Read letters to the Editor • Review local blogs and web pages • Phone calls from public • Parliamentary questions Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Countering FUD – 2. Inform the public • Report on investigations • Media releases with facts • Talk to Mining Industry, RSOs and workers • DMP web page • Respond to phone calls from public A recent visit by Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) officers to a former • Answer Parliamentary uranium exploration site at Lake Way found background radiation levels to be within questions safe limits. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Countering FUD – 3. Educate the public • NORM Guidelines • DMP web site • DMP Media statements, fliers, brochures • DMP staff training • Exploration inductions and training • Public talks & seminars • Stakeholder meetings Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Countering FUD – 4. Regulate uranium mining • Reform of RSD • Employ additional staff • Amend Regulations • Inter-Agency communication • Exploration RMPs & RSO • Export Boswell data to ANRDR • Uranium Council & Wk Groups • Independent Expert Panel • Full Environmental Assessment and Public Review Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • Conclusions Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum