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					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




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             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
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                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
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  Health                                                                                             ANAWA
Association           Unions
                       WA
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                                             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
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                                      Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum
Public perception of thorium / uranium




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Claims and counter claims




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           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

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           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.


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                         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




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          Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum

				
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