The public summary should be developed with all due speed. Stakeholders were frustrated about delays in the release of the draft report, and they remain frustrated about delays in releasing materials from the NTS 131I communication effort. Long delays in releasing reports of radiation studies have contributed to distrust in those expressing opinions to the committee.

Information from the feasibility study should be included in the NTS 131I communication effort.

The committee commends the NTS 131I communication plan for involving stakeholders and other interested members of the public on many levels. In its efforts to involve stakeholders, it set an example that should be followed for public dissemination of information from the feasibility study. The NTS 131I communication plan sponsored a well-developed risk-communication conference to which it invited various stakeholders and many distinguished US leaders in health communication, risk perception, and risk communication. The conference provided excellent information about the communication effort being planned. The committee recommends that a risk-communication conference be conducted by CDC to help it develop effective means of involving the public in formulating and communicating information about radiation and health issues.



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