Town hall meetings are considered among the most common methods of public involvement in the United States. Thousands of these meetings are held annually, and U.S. population-based polls generally suggest that between 40% to 50% of people surveyed about public engagement report attending some type of town hall meeting in the last 12 months. Also known as public meetings and public hearings, town hall meetings are frequent methods of science and technical communication for environmental or risk management purposes. For example, zoning boards may hold meetings to discuss permitting for new land uses or variances to existing land uses. County or state health or environmental agencies may hold meetings to present information about local public health issues, such as air quality reports or toxic waste ...

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