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Rural communities and awareness of DOE environmental management programs at the Nevada Test Site: Do outreach efforts matter?
WM Symposia Proceedings
  • Helen R. Neill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • K. K. Snyder, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Janet Ward, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
3-1-2009
Publisher
WM Symposia
Abstract

Are residents living in communities around the Nevada Test Site aware of environmental remediation activities and do outreach efforts contribute to awareness? Through a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas administered a mail questionnaire to 14,083 residents and received 1,721 responses. Approximately 90% of the respondents reported awareness of past nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site; 63% reported awareness of low-level radioactive waste disposal at the site; and 41% are aware that the Yucca Mountain Project for high level waste disposal is part of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and not part of the Office of Environmental Management. Using both logit and probit regression models, at a 1% level of significance, respondents who reported obtaining information from the Community Advisory Board for Nevada Test Site Programs are more likely to be knowledgeable about low-level radioactive waste disposal activities and are more likely to be knowledgeable that the missions of the Office of Environmental Management and Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management are different.

Keywords
  • Community education; Nevada – Nevada Test Site; Radioactive waste repositories – Environmental aspects; Rural population; United States. Dept. of Energy
Language
English
Comments

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Citation Information
Helen R. Neill, K. K. Snyder and Janet Ward. "Rural communities and awareness of DOE environmental management programs at the Nevada Test Site: Do outreach efforts matter?" WM Symposia Proceedings (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/janet_ward/2/