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... To support its information gathering, the committee convened a workshop on September 1–3, 2021, titled Understanding the Societal Challenges Facing Nuclear Power. Speakers and participants from industry, government, and academia discussed the nature and extent of the societal challenges facing nuclear energy as well as lessons from past experiences in the nuclear industry, from analogous industries, and from the social sciences.
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... Drawing from previous examples of public engagement around siting nuclear facilities, along with lessons from other industries, workshop participants discussed strategies for pro ductive, meaningful exchange with a variety of stakeholders. • The challenge to reconcile the unpopular aspects of nuclear power: These include the connections of nuclear power to weapons and warfare, nuclear waste, uranium ore extraction, and past reactor accidents.
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... While nuclear power represents a lowcarbon energy solution, there are long-standing tensions between groups that support nuclear power and groups that support efforts to mitigate climate change. Participants discussed the insufficiency of the knowledge deficit model -- the notion that skepticism about science or technology can be overcome with more information -- in addressing disconnects between nuclear engineers and the public.
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... Speakers pointed to insights from the social sciences and the discipline of science communication for conveying complex or emotionally charged scientific information, including the value of identifying the facts people need to inform decisions, understanding what they already know, filling knowledge gaps, and evaluating impacts to support continuous improvement. Participants also explored the importance of good leadership to help communities grapple with difficult issues, create a culture of respectful collaboration, and build a strong, trusted social infrastructure.

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