Political Trust's Role in Explaining Nevada Urban Resident's Perceptions of the Proposed Yucca Mountain Repository

by Marilyn K. Dantico, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,
Alvin H. Mushkatel, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,
K. David Pijawka, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


This paper examines the key role that political trust plays in explaining repository risk perceptions of urban residents of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Findings from two surveys of urban residents confirm that very low levels of political trust exist among residents for the federal government and particularly the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Yet, high levels of political trust are found to be strongly related to low risk perceptions of the repository.

Subject Headings: Political factors | Urban areas | Radioactive wastes | Industrial wastes | Risk management | Nuclear power | Federal government | Geology | Nevada | United States | Las Vegas

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