On Monday, April 12, 2010, Entergy hosted a public information meeting in Brattleboro, VT about the tritium leak at Vermont Yankee and the actions taken to find and stop the leak. The meeting was set up like a science fair or trade show, with booths and posters with informative displays and knowledgeable people to answer questions. I do not want to steal Meredith Angwin’s thunder, she attended the meeting and will probably be blogging about her impressions of the event at Yes Vermont Yankee later today. I hear through the grapevine, however, that the event was well-organized and well-received.
Update: (Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:21 am) You can find photos and report of the event on Yes Vermont Yankee titled Real Information at a Real Meeting. As Meredith points out in her report, one of the important aspects of this meeting is that it was far more like a science fair, where the booths are manned by the people who actually did the work or experimentation and created the displays in an attempt to share what they learned, than like a trade show where set up is similar but the booths are created by sales and marketing teams and manned by attractive professional communicators who often cannot answer any questions about the technology behind the products being advertised.
Using the English language that I studied, only the latter situation employs “shills”; the former one employs people based on subject matter expertise rather than physical appearance and conversational skills.