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N.C. LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NATIONAL POLL ON LOW-LEVEL WASTE DISPOSAL

 RALEIGH, N.C., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a summary of findings on public attitudes on low-level waste disposal. The poll was conducted by Bruskin Goldring, a public opinion research company in Edison, N.J. If you need more information about the polling results, contact Joel Henkin at Bruskin Goldring, 908-572-7300.
 If you have questions about the North Carolina low-level waste project, call Chrystal H. Stowe at 919-733-0682 or toll-free at 1-800-248-6421.
 Summary of Findings on Public Attitudes
 on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal
 -- A majority of Americans (60 percent) prefer to transport
 low-level radioactive waste to a centralized permanent facility
 rather than leave it stored at the places it is produced (27
 percent).
 The question explained that activities that create this byproduct
 include nuclear generated electricity, medical research and
 treatment, as well as quality control and agricultural
 procedures.
 -- The poll found little willingness to give up the benefits from
 the activities that create the waste. Fifty-seven percent said
 that if it came to a choice between building facilities to handle
 the waste or doing without the activities that produce it, they
 would build the facilities.
 -- Most people believe that low-level radioactive waste is regulated
 (75 percent) and manageable (70 percent). However, even though a
 majority (57 percent) think low-level radioactive waste can be
 disposed of safely, 36 percent do not.
 -- 49 percent said the waste is solid, while 32 percent thought it
 was liquid. 19 percent said they didn't know.
 -- The poll was conducted by telephone with a nationally
 representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults between Feb. 5-7,
 1993. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
 U.S. Public Opinion on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal
 Source: Bruskin/Goldring interviewed 1,000 nationally representative adults by telephone between Feb. 5-7, 1993. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
 Questions: "Low-level radioactive waste is produced by hundreds of everyday activities; for instance, to generate electricity, diagnose and treat diseases, test new drugs, control the quality of manufactured products, and improve agriculture." ...
 -- "Which seems to you to be the best way to deal with this waste: keep it stored at the many different sites where it is produced, or transport the waste to a permanent disposal facility?"
 Transport to permanent facility -- 60 percent
 Keep it stored where produced -- 27 percent
 Don't know -- 13 percent
 -- "If it came to a choice, which would you prefer: Build a disposal facility and keep the activities that produce low-level radioactive waste, or don't build a disposal facility and do without the activities that produce low-level radioactive waste?"
 Build facilities -- 57 percent
 Don't build facilities -- 33 percent
 Don't know -- 10 percent
 -- "I'm going to read you some pairs of words or phrases and, for each one, I'd like you to tell me which word or phrase comes closest to how you think of radioactive waste:"
 Solid -- 49 percent
 Liquid -- 32 percent
 Don't know -- 19 percent
 Manageable -- 70 percent
 Not manageable -- 23 percent
 Don't know -- 7 percent
 Regulated -- 75 percent
 Not regulated -- 19 percent
 Don't know -- 6 percent
 Can be disposed of safely -- 56 percent
 Cannot be disposed of safely -- 36 percent
 Don't know -- 8 percent
 -0- 3/19/93
 /CONTACT: Joel Henkin, Bruskin Goldring, 908-572-7300, or Chrystal H. Stowe, N.C. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Authority, 919-733-0682 or 1-800-248-6421/


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