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Public Knowledge and Perception of Chemical Risks in Six Communities: Analysis of a Baseline Survey
The purpose of the study was to conduct a survey of public perceptions regarding chemical risks in six U.S. communities. The results of the survey establish a baseline for evaluating change over time in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in response to new information about toxic chemicals. In 1988, 3,129 citizens were randomly selected for the survey. The communities were Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cincinnati, Ohio; Durham, North Carolina; Middlesex County, New Jersey; Racine, Wisconsin; and Richmond, Virginia. Major new stories concerning Superfund, Title III and other risk communication activities in these communities are being collected, and a subsequent survey will be conducted. The report provides a broad overview of citizen perceptions of environmental risks in their communities.
1. Benefits Analysis
1. Benefits Analysis - Risk Communication and OtherEnvironmental Media:
c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
c. Land - Superfund/CERCLA
d. Chemicals - Toxic SubstancesAuthors:
McCallum, David B.
Hammond, Sharon Lee
Morris, Louis A.
Covello, Vincent T.EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
Fisher, AnnGeographic Area:Study Purpose: Data Development
- Participating Organizations
Georgetown University Medical Center Program on Risk Communication Address:
City: State: ZIP:
Environmental Protection Agency Address:
City: Washington State: DC ZIP:
- Report Details
FinalDate: 01/01/1990Number of Pages: 165EPA #:
- How to Obtain Report