NRC Meetings “Go Viral”

Lance Rakovan
Senior Communications Specialist
 

Well, not viral, actually. But beginning this month, there is a new way to hear about our upcoming public meetings. By signing up for our new public meeting Twitter feed, you will get tweets whenever we schedule a public meeting, as well as if we cancel or change meeting details.

The tweets will go out the same time a meeting notice is posted or changed and will include a link to a webpage that has details about the meeting. You can sign up to receive NRC’s public meeting tweets by registering for twitter or logging into your Twitter account. In the search field type NRCgov_PMNS. The NRC’s public meeting account will be listed and then simply click the “Follow” button underneath.

publicopinionSpeaking of public meetings, for years, NRC has handed out a Public Meeting Feedback Form at all our public meetings. We wanted to know your opinion about what went well, as well as any suggestions you had about how we could make our meetings better.

But, also beginning in December, you’ll notice a new and improved feedback system. We’ll still have the old hard copy form. You can still use that and hand it off to an NRC representative or drop it in the mail. But now you’ll be able to give feedback directly through your smartphone or your computer.

Each form will have a Quick Response (QR) code. By using any of the free QR code reader apps that are available, you can scan the code and go directly to our feedback page right through your phone. You can then fill out the online form, which only takes a few minutes. You can also provide feedback through a computer by going to our Public Meeting Schedule and pressing the “Meeting Feedback Form” link for the specific meeting, or pressing the “[…more]” link for a specific meeting and then pressing the “Meeting Feedback Form” link on the “Meeting Details” page.

Last NRC fiscal year (October 2012 – September 2013), we received only 76 comment forms. We held over 1,000 public meetings during that time. We do read every card and consider every comment. We also analyze the responses we receive each year to look for trends. In some cases, past comments have affected where NRC holds public meetings and how the meetings are conducted.

With these improvements in hearing about meetings and giving us feedback about them, we hope you’ll find it easier to participate and more inclined to give us your two cents.

The Online Public Meeting Schedule – A Resource for the Interested Public

Adam Glazer
Librarian, Public Document Room
 

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The NRC hosts hundreds of meetings throughout the year. Many of the meetings are held so you, the public, can share your thoughts about nuclear power issues. While the meeting topics vary, the way to find out about them doesn’t — you check the Public Meeting Schedule on the NRC’s Web site.

You’ll find the date and time, purpose and agenda, location, and contact name and phone number. When you click on the link to the agenda, you’ll be able to find out more information, such as who from the NRC is planning on attending the meeting. If there’s a telephone icon, there will be a phone number so you can listen in on the meeting remotely instead of traveling to it.

Our goal is to give you at least 10 days advance notice before a meeting, so that you can arrange your schedule to participate if it’s a topic you’re interested in. A word of caution – please keep checking the Web site in case there’s been a change to the meeting. Also, if there’s bad weather, we may have to cancel or postpone the meeting.

In 2012, we posted information about 1,147 meetings. There are sure to be many meetings in 2013. Perhaps one will interest you?

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