Seth Tuler wrote a factsheet for Physicians for Social Responsibility on Health risks of the releases of radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors: Are they a concern for residents of the United States?

The 13 page factsheet is meant to help people make sense of the issues that can influence exposure and harm from ionizing radiation.

It can be downloaded at the PSR website too:

About ten years ago, SERI conducted research into how scientists who build nitrogen loading models perceive the usefulness of their models to local decision makers.  That qualitative study was just published in the journal Environmental Policy and Governance, an interdisciplinary and international journal.  The publication is part of a special issue on participatory planning for watershed management.

 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has published an editorial written by Tuler, Rosa, and Webler on the Jan 2012 report by a special Presidential Commission on Nuclear Waste.  The Commission was charged with coming up with a plan to figure out how to deal with nuclear fuel wastes, including whether to pursue a permanent repository, now that the Yucca Mtn site is not being pursued.  The editorial remarks on the process the BRC used to engage the nation in this important policy matter.

The piece can be viewed here:

 Characterizing potentially harmful behaviors of snorkelers and SCUBA divers to coral reefs in Puerto Rico. 
Thomas Webler & Karin Jakubowski
Social and Environmental Research Institute, Greenfield, Massachusetts

Mediation and facilitation in public policymaking
Thomas Webler

 What does talk have to do with decision satisfaction?
Thomas Webler

Social and Environmental Research Institute

Wednesday October 5th,

Seth Tuler was invited to write a review paper and give a presentation about factors that influence public support and opposition to the siting of new energy facilities.  The purpose was to explore the lessons of past experiences for the siting of renewable energy facilities, such as wind. The presentation was made at the Workshop on Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change Through the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Washington, DC on 3-4 December, 2009.

We have completed our case study of the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process.  A report has been posted to the website.  We are in the midst of searching for additional case studies. 

 Seth Tuler attended the Workshop on Coordinating Research and Development on Oil Spill Response in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon.  He participated in the working group on human dimensions of oil spills and spill response.  The workshop was sponsored by the Coastal Response Research Center, which has funded SERI projects on the human impacts of oil spills.  It was held on 22-24 March, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A summary of the workshop is available at:

Thomas Webler has joined the International Advisory Board of INTeg, which is a European consortium project whose goals are to improve the ability to identify and manage emerging risks of new materials and technologies. More information about INTeg can be found at:

In the final installment for this year of the KSC Department of Environmental Studies' Guest Speaker series, on Tuesday, April, 5, at 4:00 PM in Rhodes Hall N212, Dr. Thomas Webler, Research Fellow at the Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, will present a talk entitled: "Does good dialogue produce greater popular acceptance for controversial environmental decisions?"

Thomas Webler was invited to make a presentation to the Blue Ribbon Commission for America’s Nuclear Future, in Washington DC on 1 February 2011. He participated in the roundtable discussion on establishing an environmentally and politically acceptable and socially legitimate siting process for nuclear waste facilities.  A summary of his comments, transcripts, and a webcast are available at:

The Policy Forum highlights problems with past efforts in spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste management in the United States.  Many of the problems can be traced to a neglect of the social dimensions of the problem.  The Policy Forum suggests much more attention should be given to issues of public involvement, risk communication, and equity.

Thomas Webler was interviewed by a reporter from USA Today for a story on public acceptance of smart meter technology. Notes about smart meters and public acceptance are in the attached document.