Evaluating the communication of environmental permitting decisions in diverse communities
Environmental communication plays a critical role in addressing the public's growing awareness and apprehension about environmental health risks. Although opportunities for public participation in environmental health assessments have greatly increased, environmental communication among key stakeholders is an evolving process. The authors evaluated the communication that occurred among a state environmental agency, six Title V operating facilities, and the public concerning environmental permitting decisions perceived to impact environmental and human health. The authors identify environmental concerns of diverse communities, analyze communication among key stakeholders regarding environmental permitting decisions, and propose recommendations for practitioners to improve environmental communication strategies among these key stakeholders in either urban or rural communities.
Journal of Environmental Health
National Environmental Health Association
Caron, R.M., Rezaee, M.E. Evaluating the communication of environmental permitting decisions in diverse communities. (2012) Journal of Environmental Health, 75 (1), pp. 20-25.