James Flynn


The future of nuclear energy depends upon public support and acceptance of new facilities. However, survey research in Canada and the US indicates that more people oppose than support new nuclear facilities. This aversion to nuclear power results from public perceptions of risk and a lack of trust in government and industry to manage the potential radioactive hazards. A large gap exists between the risk estimates of nuclear experts and the public, making it difficult to formulate policies that will address the issues of both sides. Efforts to gain public support will have to better understand the public attitudes and opinions, and discover new ways to cooperate with public groups, communities and institutions.