Examining the Communications of Environmental Risk through a Case Study of Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland (Acronym: Relay_Risk)

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Understanding public risk perception is central to the effective communication and regulation of risk. As such, there is often considerable divergence between expert and lay perceptions of risk, which have proved challenging for effective risk communication strategies. Risk communication provides a means of addressing this divergence, while helping to ensure that policy objectives are achieved, and when carried out effectively, can lead to the smoother implementation of risk regulation. This study ?Relay Risk; Examining the Communications of Environmental Risk through a Case Study of Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland? sets out to identify how to effectively communicate risk-based environmental regulation.

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Dr. Eoin O'Neill
University College Dublin
Environmental Scientist
Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Richview, Clonskeagh, UCD Planning and Environmental Policy, Richview, Clonskeagh Dublin 14, Ireland
Telephone: 353 1 7162674
e-mail: eoin.oneill@ucd.ie

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Author(s)O'Neill, E.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationExamining the Communications of Environmental Risk through a Case Study of Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland (Acronym: Relay_Risk)
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=f2779d25-dc54-11e5-ab63-005056ae0019
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-06-29

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3117
Resource KeywordsRisk-based communication; risk perception; environmental communications, Relay_Risk
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2013-W-DS-12
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
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Specifically the audio digital recording of interviews have been deleted upon conclusion of the project in line with the requirements of ethical approval granted to the project by UCD ethics. There is no geographical dataset (e.g. GIS) generated by the project.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 5
Project Start Date Saturday 1st March 2014 (01-03-2014)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 1st March 2014 (01-03-2014)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st October 2015 (01-10-2015)
Published on SAFERFriday 26th February 2016 (26-02-2016)
Date of Last EditMonday 21st March 2016 at 12:29:12 (21-03-2016)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 21st March 2016 at 12:29:12 (21-03-2016)

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Focus groups were held in several different parts of Ireland. A randomly chosen phone-based survey was also carried out.

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The risk of pollution from poorly maintained DWWTS has been identified as a challenge to ensuring Ireland meets its obligations under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and other water Directives. In 2012, the European Court of Justice ruled against Ireland for failing to implement and comply with Articles 4 and 8 of the Waste Framework Directive. In response the Irish government introduced the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 to provide for the introduction of a risk-based approach towards the registration and inspection of DWWTS. DWWTS owners have a duty of care to ensure operation of their system by carrying out annual ?self-inspections?. However, it is unclear as to the current levels of understanding among the public regarding the severity of the risks posed by poorly maintained DWWT systems, the maintenance requirements of such systems or the factors that act as barriers to more successful communication strategies regarding environmental risks.
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This was a social science project that did not use any special scientific data collection equipment apart from digital audio (voice) recorder. Analysis was based solely on review of what respondents actually said in interview/focus group situations. Digital audio recordings were deleted upon conclusion for the project in line with the ethical requirements of UCD ethics. All data generated by the project is subject to constraints of ethical approval by UCD ethics (HS-15-04-ONeill)
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