PUBLIC CONSULTATION DURING A CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENT DESTRUCTION PROJECT

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Authors
  1. McAndless, J.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
In 1989, a three-year project was initiated to destroy old chemical warfare agent waste stored at the Defence Research Establishment Suffield. Chemical neutralization and incineration technologies were employed to destroy bulk agent stocks and contaminated scrap on-site using both in-house and contracted resources. Prior to commencing destruction operations, a pro-active public consultation program was implemented to address initial concerns about the potential safety and environmental impacts associated with this project. A variety of approaches were employed including open information meetings in district communities, site visits, media presentations, newsletters and interaction with a volunteer citizens' advisory group. In this report, the scope of the public consultation program and the approaches which proved successful in gaining public acceptance for the project goals and methods are described. Concerns were participatory interaction with the citizens' advisory group during subsequent agent destruction operations.
Report Number
DRES-SP-169 — Special Publication
Date of publication
01 Sep 1993
Number of Pages
48
DSTKIM No
93-04590
CANDIS No
135369
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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