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Environmental Risk Communication

Principles and Practices for Industry, 1st Edition

By Anthony Sadar, Mark Shull

CRC Press

176 pages

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A public meeting with angry residents and eager reporters is a common feature on the local news. Whether addressing environmental, or other issues, the experience for the board members, consultants, and specialists at these meetings ranges from uncomfortable to nightmarish. The issues discussed in these meetings usually stem from years of community disappointment, mistrust, fears, factions, political or social positioning, or all of the above.

Industry faces a labyrinth of environmental and business regulations, and unique challenges in dealing with the public and the media. Environmental Risk Communication serves as a guide to understanding and complying with the Federal Risk Management Program and applying risk management and communication principles to daily plant operations. This book also helps Risk Management Plan (RMP) facilities successfully meet the new Federal requirements for public disclosure of RMP offsite consequence analysis results and provides techniques for communicating effectively during environmental emergencies.

Written in a straight-forward, no-nonsense style the book presents concise informative chapters, flow diagrams, checklists, and a thorough index. The authors present step-by-step instruction on developing a principled plan of action that generates open communications. CEOs, Corporate Communications Specialists, Plant Managers, Environmental Compliance Supervisors, Health and Safety Officers, Environmental Scientists and Engineers, and Consultants will benefit from Environmental Risk Communication.



"…a well written and easy to follow book for any professional in the industrial environmental, safety, or public relations field…Mr. Sadar is very knowledgeable and his teaching skills are evident…This book could help the "specialist" who handles multiple responsibilities for a company to focus when writing and implementing a Risk Communication Program." -Conrad J. Sobczak, Environmental/Safety Specialist, The Plastek Group

"This is the first place you should go before preparing to release your RMP results. The authors' point out the errors others have made, and lay the groundwork for you to not make the same mistake. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who normally have little public/media contact."-Dick Baker, Environmental Compliance Supervisor, Arizona Chemical

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Operating and Communicating a Risky Business


Public Perception and the Communication Challenges of Modern Industry

Risks Inherent in Modern Industrial Operations

Developing a Principled Plan of Action

Step 1: Operating Legally and Ethically

Compliance With All Regulations

ODOR - Another Nasty Four-Letter Word

Fair and Just Operating Practices

Crisis Communication Planning

Life Cycle of an Emergency

Four Major Elements of Disaster Planning

Defining a Crisis

Step 2: Educating Employees on Benefits and Risks

Why Are You in Business, Anyway?

Determining and Communicating the Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks

Pollution Prevention and Risk Reduction

The Government - Here to Help You

"Demanufacturing", Industrial Ecology and Life-Cycle Analysis

Step 3: Listening and Responding to the Public

Identifying and Communicating with Stakeholders

"All You Need to Determine Risk is a Ruler"

Establishing a Community Advisory Panel

Submitting to Independent Reviews

Additional Suggestions

What About Activists?

First Responders and Local Emergency Planning Committees

Public Information Officers

Step 4: Disseminating Information to the Media

Environmental Reporting in America

The News Business

What is News?

Disseminating Information to the Media

Who Should Speak

Who Will Arrive First?

Gathering and Evaluating Information

Guidelines for Successful News Media Interviews

Tips From Behind the Camera

Speedy Release of Information

Real-World Examples

Fallout From TMI

The Cement Kiln as Waste Incinerator

Turning the Tide at WTI

Decommissioning a B&W Nuclear Facility

Planning for the Worst: Risk Communication and the Federal Risk Management Program

Understanding the Risk Management Program

The "Big Picture"

Applying Risk Communication Principles

Working Together for a Safer Community


Appendix A: State Pollution Prevention Offices

Appendix B: Suggested Readings for Environmental Perspective

Appendix C: Federal and State Emergency Management Offices

Appendix D: Risk Management Plan (RMP) Form

Appendix E: Example of "Air-Dispersion Modeling" Fact Sheet

Appendix F: Questions and Responses for RMPs


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Sales & Selling
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General