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Case Study of the Fernald, Ohio Citizens Advisory Board

FCAB provides advice to the U.S. Department of Energy on issues pertaining to the remediation (clean-up) of the DOE site in Fernald, Ohio. The site was used to produce uranium for nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1989, during which time over one million pounds of uranium were released into the surrounding environment. FCAB recommendations and advice provide the DOE with an understanding of the issues and concerns that are important to local stakeholders and ensure that these perspectives influence activities pertaining to the clean-up and future use of the Fernald site.

Commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Program, this four-page case study overviews the deliberative method used by the Fernald Citizens Advisory Board, details about who participates in the process, information on outcomes/products, a frank section on challenges and limitations of the process, a section on strengths of the process, and the resources and interviews used to inform the case.

This case study was written for a diverse group of stakeholders who did not have much previous knowledge of public engagement and deliberative methodologies.

Sandy Heierbacher
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003)

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/Fernald_case.doc

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