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  • Assessing for Trust: Building Community Confidence through Targeted Environmental Sampling

    Thursday, December 12, 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Environmental regulators have responsible charge of ensuring that environmental contamination has been addressed effectively and thoroughly, and the brownfield is safe for the proposed reuse. However, what do environmental regulators do when a community is not accepting of decisions based on scientific data? This panel will address difficulties with communicating scientific principles to the public, and breaking with science to build community trust. The panel will provide examples of when targeted sampling was conducted primarily to increase community confidence and trust in the both the regulatory decision-making process and in the future safety of site end-users.
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