In consultation and cooperation with the advisory committee established pursuant to section 29-0501 of the environmental conservation law, and with the department of environmental conservation, the commissioner of health shall plan and carry out a statewide public information program on the public health and safety implications of low-level radioactive waste management. The content of such program shall include a basic explanation of the types of materials which comprise low-level radioactive waste and why such materials require special handling and care; and reasonably detailed explanations of alternative disposal methods and their probable effects.