|Jabro, Jalal "jay"|
Submitted to: Proceedings Conference on Environmental Issues
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/8/2005
Publication Date: 6/23/2007
Citation: Jabro, A.D., Jabro, J.D., Domalski, R. 2007. Remediation Techniques, EPA Public Meetings and Democracy: Lessons from the Frontline. Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment. 8:174-181.
Technical Abstract: The American Chemistry Council initiated a public relations effort in 1988 called Responsible Care®, which invited members to initiate dialogue with their communities through the establishment of community advisory councils. On-going, informative, small group transactional communication assisted a chemical company positioned on the National Priority List to manage a public dialogue about a proposed amendment to a Record of Decision for the remediation of its Superfund site. Concerns were articulated during an Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Participation meeting. Delicath’s Principles of the Participatory Ideal (1999) based on Fiorino’s (1990, 1996) earlier works form the theoretical foundation on which the application of these principles are presented. A specialty chemical manufacturing company’s democratic approaches to public discourse to resolve conflict in environmental decision-making rendered public participation in environmental policy issues an opportunity for stakeholder groups to communicate effectively to reach their ultimate goal: preservation of the environment.