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NWRPO Repository Oversight Program Elements

Socioeconomic, Transportation,  and Emergency Response

Regulatory and Licensing Oversight

Government and Community Relations




Participation in state, local, and national policy-making and regulatory activities, public education, and studying the potential economic impacts of constructing a repository inside County boundaries, all play an important role in NWRPO's nuclear waste oversight program.

"Government Relations" covers Nye County's relationships with local governments, the State of Nevada, Congress, the Department of Energy, and other Federal facilities.

"Community Relations" activities include project communications and public involvement. In addition to its repository oversight program, Nye County carries out an active public information program. The program helps County residents better understand the Yucca Mountain Project and effectively participate in the waste management program. Key activities include: maintaining the Yucca Mountain Information Center in Pahrump, providing news releases on current program activities to the local media, and giving presentations to citizen and governmental groups and organizations.

NWRPO's Government and Community Relations program element provides support to Nye County in the following areas:

  • Operating the Yucca Mountain Information Center (YMIC) in Pahrump.

  • Participating in the on-going License Application process;

  • Conducting formal interactions between Nye County and DOE;

  • Reviewing and commenting on program-related documents and policy positions;

  • Developing Nye County impact mitigation strategies;

  • Establishing Public Outreach, Education, and public participation opportunities for Nye County residents;

  • Monitoring and analyzing DOE and Congressional policy initiatives;

  • Attending program-related oversight activities of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and others; and

  • Reviewing international waste management programs.

Reviews of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Documents


As the Situs county of the repository, Nye County was granted cooperating agency status on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada (DOE/EIS-0250F-S1). Participation included the addition of Nye County's perspectives on cumulative impacts (Section 8.6.2) and mitigation (Section 9.2.3).


In June 2008 the Department of Energy released the "Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada – Nevada Rail Transportation Corridor" (DOE/EIS-0250F-S2) and the "Final Environmental Impact Statement for a Rail Alignment for the Construction and Operation of a Railroad in Nevada to a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada"  (DOE/EIS-0369).

Nye County participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the Final Nevada Rail Corridor SEIS and Final Rail Alignment EIS.  Nye County viewpoints were included in the Final Rail Alignment EIS

Section 5.5, Nye County Viewpoint, pp. 5-101 to 5-104

Section 7.4.4, Nye County Viewpoint, pp. 7-12 and 7-13



Nye County Impact Mitigation Strategy Development Activities

In September 2007 NWRPO published a study "Nye County Perspective: Potential Impacts Associated with the Long-Term Presence of a Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada - Site County Viewpoint on Cumulative Impacts and Recommended Mitigation Actions" This study estimates the economic benefits that could accrue to affected Nevada counties from the use of the Nevada Rail line by local industries for freight transportation.  The study presents the results of the Mina Corridor study and compares the economic benefits of the Mina route with those estimated for the Caliente Corridor.

In June 2007 NWRPO published a report "Yucca Mountain Project Gateway Area Concept Plan".  This report presents a land use concept that Nye County has prepared as guidance to mitigate the expected impacts of the YMP in the communities adjacent to and in the vicinity of the Project’s entrance area. To offset the anticipated impacts associated with the increase in YMP-related activities, Nye County is proposing this plan to ensure that land development in the vicinity of YMP entrance area occurs in an orderly and consistent manner, while increasing the opportunities for industrial and commercial development.





"Nye County intends to engage energetically
and constructively with
the Department of
Energy and the U.S. Congress as Yucca Mountain Project proceeds to final
design, licensing, and implementation"
BOCC Resolution




"Nye County believes
 the project should be conducted under conditions that ensure
the safety of its citizens and that provide for
long-term success" (
Community Protection Plan, 2006)







Cumulative Impacts
to Nye County

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