Local Economic Impact Assessment of the Nevada Test Site: A Methodological Prelude to Socioeconomic Assessment of the Proposed Yucca Mountain High-Level Radioactive Waste Repository

by R. Keith Schwer, Univ of Nevada, United States,
Thomas M. Carroll, Univ of Nevada, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The economic impact of the high level of nuclear repository can be approximated by studying the economic effects of the Nevada Test Site. Using the UNLV Nevada models, we estimated the impact of NTS on employment, gross regional product, and income of Nye County, Clark County, and Nevada. We find that NTS employment multipliers are much greater in Clark County than in Nye County. Approximately seven percent of Nye County employment is attributed to NTS; only two percent of Clark County employment stems from NTS. We predict that the economic impact of a high level nuclear repository will be similar, if different in magnitude, to that of the Nevada Test Site.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Economic factors | Impact tests | Waste sites | Site investigation | Social factors | Geology | Employment | Nevada | United States

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