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4.2.5 Public acceptability and perception and response to the problem

Involvement of affected parties and the general public is one of the factors to consider when evaluating technologies or screening for remedial alternatives. The public’s perception of risk due to radiation exposure may be substantial enough to warrant a more stringent remedial goal for a contaminant in groundwater. It is important to involve the public and all affected parties in the decision making process [IAEA-1999a]. Early interaction with relevant stakeholders, including for example, regulators, local and regional government, the public and special interest groups, to identify long term management goals, acceptable management strategies, remediation targets and long term uses of the site, is generally considered to facilitate the process [IAEA-2006b].

Stakeholder participation was discussed in detail in Section 2.