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

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

  1. 1. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum 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
  2. 2. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Overview of my presentation 1. What is FUD? 2. Examples of FUD 3. Who's Who in the Uranium debate 4. The Media's role 5. Thorium & Uranium 6. Claims & Counter claims 7. Countering FUD 8. Conclusions
  3. 3. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Definition
  4. 4. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Fear of radiation Nuclear technology and radiation are perceived to be extraordinarily dangerous and incomprehensible Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Chernobyl - Cold War
  5. 5. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment 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.
  6. 6. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Doubts about the science Low doses are safe No dose is safe Dr Doug Boreham Prof Wade Allison Dr Helen Caldicott Dr Peter Karamoskos
  7. 7. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Federal Labor Party Mining Unions Federal Liberal Party Uranium Mining Companies WA State Liberal Party Who's Who in the uranium safety debate Media BUMPGreens Unions WA Public Health Association WA State Labor Party Traditional Owners Public WA State Government Federal Government Australian Uranium Association WA Chamber of Minerals & Energy ANAWA FANG Medical Association Prevention of War Conservation CouncilDoctors for the Environment Australia ANTI-URANIUM MINING PRO-URANIUM MINING
  8. 8. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Inquiry intoMP’s claim ofhigh radiationGREENS MP Robin Chapple recentlyvisited two sites at Lake Way, a former uranium exploration site about 20kmsouth-east of Wiluna, where he claims he recorded high levels of radiation on aGeiger counter,saying one reading was 100 times higher than normal radiation levels. Concern overU-plant siteTHE site of the olduranium research plantnear Kalgoorlie-Boulder has comeunder the spotlightafter it was revealedthe secure fencing hadbeen knocked down,possibly exposingcasual motor crossriders to radioactivematerial. The Media and radiation Public rally on uranium A PUBLIC protest rally against uranium mining will be held tomorrow to coincide with the end of the Sustainable Mining Conference in Kalgoorlie- Boulder. Community demands inquiry THIS morning a delegation of unions, Indigenous groups, health professionals, environmental organisations and local community groups assembled at the Australian Uranium Conference in Fremantle to voice their opposition to uranium mining in WA. Hot Pepper YOU don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to have been affected by the nuclear industry or know people affected by the industry. Have you ever spoken to a worker from Ranger or Olympic Dam uranium mines and asked how many of their old work mates and bosses are alive or are now sick with cancer? Moore twists the facts on Lake Way radioactive sites TODAY’s press release from Norman Moore regarding radioactive sites at Lake Way indicated a comprehensive lack of radiation knowledge and of the Lake Way area, Greens MLC Robin Chapple said. Uranium madness GERADTON Port Authority must be start raving mad if it believes residents will ever be comfortable with shipping uranium through the city. Baffled OUR politicians have shelved public debates, which as we know are highly emotional, in favour of the rational scientific advice of professionals, who unfortunately see the world through the narrow field of their blinkered, rational minds.
  9. 9. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Public perception of thorium / uranium
  10. 10. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Claims and counter claims
  11. 11. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment 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
  12. 12. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Countering FUD – 2. Inform the public A recent visit by Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) officers to a former uranium exploration site at Lake Way found background radiation levels to be within safe limits. • Report on investigations • Media releases with facts • Talk to Mining Industry, RSOs and workers • DMP web page • Respond to phone calls from public • Answer Parliamentary questions
  13. 13. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment 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
  14. 14. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment 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
  15. 15. Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumGovernment of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum Conclusions

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