Analysis of Policy Alternatives on the Public Acceptance of Nuclear Power Plant in Korea

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    • CHOI Young sung
    • Department of Nuclear Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    • LEE Byong whi
    • Department of Nuclear Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Public acceptance has become an important factor in nuclear power program particularly after Chernobyl accident and recent rapid democratization in Korea. A method reflecting public opinions in order to improve public acceptance is to find out the public preference values for its policy alternatives. In this study, the conjoint analysis was applied to find out the quantitative values of public preferences for twelve policy alternatives to support commu- nities surrounding nuclear power plants in Korea. To implement the analysis, questionnaires of trade-off matrix form were mailed to the science teachers of middle or high school through- out the country who had the experience of visiting nuclear power plant. The quantitative preference values for potential policy alternatives were estimated, which made it possible to forecast the effectiveness of each option. It was revealed that the improvement of reactor safety 100 times and the establishment of civilian monitoring system for nuclear safety would be two best options to improve public acceptance of nuclear power in Korea.


  • Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology  

    Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology 32(3), 218-225, 1995-03-25 

    Atomic Energy Society of Japan

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