Mineral County Key Documents and Publications

Department of Energy Historical Key Documents related to the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository Historical Key Documents

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2012

Community Survey Results - Update. As part of their impact assessment and oversight programs, several counties initiated community surveys to gage opinions about the Yucca Mountain Project and nuclear power. Survey questions were directly related to the Yucca Mountain project and to nuclear energy, and transportation of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Several years of community survey results are available for comparison and trend analysis. In 2005 Lander County began an effort to track public opinion about the Yucca Mountain project. Mineral County has survey data from 2004 to current and Churchill County has four years of survey data.

2012

2012 Community Survey Result Yucca Mountain Project Mineral County, Nevada -

Front row left to right: Commissioner Essenpreis, Commissioner Black Back row left to right: Director Linda Mathias, Student Presenters': Rochelle Dunbar, Tanya Bunch and Desiree Avina

Mineral County High School students randomly selected 200 registered voters in order to ascertain the views and knowledge of the repository program. This year the Mineral County survey focused on issues that have been the subject of national survey efforts related to Yucca Mountain. Mineral County reviewed several national survey efforts and selected questions relevant to Yucca Mountain. Mineral County High School students completed survey questions by phone and face to face interviews.

Mineral High School participants: Faculty Advisors: Shar Murphy, Walt Hackford Daren Hamrey Students: Tanya Bunch Rochelle Dunbar Penny Crowe Caitlin Wilson Desiree Avina Ashlee Morgan Briana Lee-Hanson

2011 Update to the Baseline Report - 2011 - The baseline report is updated annually in order to establish a thorough understanding of local socioeconomic and demographic conditions in Mineral County, Nevada.
May 2011 Mineral County Staff Comments on the Disposal Subcommittee and Transportation and Storage Subcommittee Reports.
April 6, 2011 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COUNTY OF MINERAL, STATE OF NEVADA - RESOLUTION SUPPORTING COMPLETION OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION'S REVIEW OF
THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN LICENSE APPICATION
- ...Whereas, the Mineral County Board of Commissioners (Board) recognizes that further delays in the development of a permanent geologic repository will result in significant public expenditures and potentially jeopardizes the future expansion of nuclear power production and energy independence; and....
2011 Mineral County Community Survey Results 2011 - The characterization of Yucca Mountain as a potential site for the first high-level nuclear repository is opposed by the State of Nevada.  Responses to surveys conducted by the State of Nevada suggest that roughly 70 percent of Nevadans oppose the development of the repository at Yucca Mountain. The State survey results primarily reflect the opinions of Clark County, Nevada due to the population distribution in the State and the survey methodology.  Over the last several years, Mineral County has monitored local public opinion through a variety of survey efforts. 
Update 2010

Mineral County Baseline Report Update 2010. This report has been prepared as part of Mineral County's efforts to establish baseline conditions for the purposes of assessing potential impacts associated with the Yucca Mountain Project. The baseline report is updated annually in order to establish a thorough understanding of local socioeconomic and demographic conditions in Mineral County, Nevada. For your convenience the maps are separated here:

Figure 1-A Major Land Uses for Mineral County
Mineral County Lander Ownership (Federal Lands)
Figure 1-1 Mineral County and Surrounding Areas
Figure 3-1 Major Transportation Routes
Figure 3-2 Location of Public Facilities
Figure 3-2A 2011 - Public Facilities in Hawthorne
Figure 3-2B Public Facilities in Walker Lake
Figure 4-1 Major Land Uses for Mineral County
Figure 4-2 Vacant Unimproved Land Hawthorne
Figure 4-3 Land Use in Babbitt/Hawthorne
Figure 4-4 Vacant Unimproved Land Walker Lake
Figure 4-5 Vacant Unimproved Land Mina
Figure 4-6 Vacant Unimproved Land Luning
Figure 4-7 Mineral County Groundwater/Aquifer
Figure 4-8 Nevada 50 m windpower

January 2009

Mineral County's Baseline Report Update 2009 This report is an update of the previous baseline for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2009.

February 2009 Measures to Improve the safety of transportation spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste by truck on alternative routes through Churchill, Esmeralda, Lander and Mineral Counties, Nevada to the proposed Yucca Mountain Geologic repository.
December 2008

Mineral County's Baseline Report Update 2008 This report is an update of the previous baseline for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2008. The report provides the most current information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. This report also contains information about populations, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities.(Figures below)
Figure 4-2 Vacant Unimproved Land Hawthorne
Figure 4-3 Vacant Unimproved Land Babbitt/Hawthorne
Figure 4-4 Vacant Unimproved Land Walker Lake
Figure 4-5 Vacant Unimproved Land Mina
Figure 4-6 Vacant Unimproved Land - Luning
Figure 4-7 Major Water Features Mineral County
Figure 4-9 - Mineral County Geothermal Resources
Figure 4-10 Nevada 50 m Wind Power

January 2008
Mineral County's Scoping comment on DOE's Draft 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 and Draft EIS for a Rail Alignment for the Construction and Operation of a Railroad At Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada.
November 2007

Mineral County Baseline Report Update 2007 - (Figures below) This report is an update of the previous baseline for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2007. The report provides the most current information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. This report also contains information about populations, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities.
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October 2007
Mineral County comments on the notice of revised proposed policy for implementing Section 180 (c) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. Our principal concern with the revised proposed policy is that it has the potential to dilute the original intent of section 180(c) by diverting the focus of technical and financial assistance away from affected local governments and Indian Tribes. The Department of Energy’s responsibility with respect to the implementation of Section 180(c) extends well beyond the distribution of funds. It is vital the DOE remain fully engaged in emergency response training and preparation of appropriate units of local government and Indian tribes along waste transportation routes before and during waste shipments to Yucca Mountain.
January 2007 Mineral County Board of County Commissioners Comment on Scoping Meetings. The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners comment on the DOE's Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, NV.
June 2007

Community Survey Results, Yucca Mountain Project, Mineral County, Nevada The characterization of Yucca Mountain as a potential site for the first high-level nuclear repository is opposed by the State of Nevada.  Responses to surveys conducted by the State of Nevada suggest that roughly 70 percent of Nevadans oppose the development of the repository at Yucca Mountain. The State survey results primarily reflect the opinions of Clark County, Nevada due to the population distribution in the State and the survey methodology.  Over the last several years, Mineral County has monitored local public opinion through a variety of survey efforts. 

July 2007
Yucca Mountain Transportation Scenarios Western Generator Sites - Transportation scenarios in this report are based upon State of Nevada’s presentation to the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects which identified western regional shippers and the routes used to access Yucca Mountain. Table 1 identifies three points of entry for western generators entering Nevada. Points of access for western rail shipments are assumed to access the Caliente rail corridor via a connection in Salt Lake City passing through Battle Mountain. Table 1 also identifies western generator sites that are not directly served by rail and require truck and intermodal connections. The Department of Energy maintains that it will construct intermodal facilities at each generator site. This may be difficult when sites are located a significant distance from a railhead and would likely encounter local opposition.
December 2006

Mineral County Baseline Report - Update 2006 - This report is an update of the previous baseline for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2006. The report provides the most current information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. This report also contains information about populations, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities.

For your convenience this report has been split into three sections due to the large size of the files: Section 1 - contains the table of contents up through page 10. (1.76MB - PDF file) Section 2 - contains pages 11- 28. (1.07MB - PDF file) Section 3 - contains pages 29-46. (1.79MB - PDF file)

July 2006 Mineral County Community Survey Results 2006 - As part of its impact assessment and oversight program of Yucca Mountain, Mineral County initiated a new 2006 community survey using a revised set of questions that are substantially different from previous Yucca Mountain survey efforts. Survey questions were directly related to the Yucca Mountain project and more generally related to nuclear energy, and transportation of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.  2006 Survey questions can be found in Appendix A.   Several of the questions used in this year’s survey were the same as those used by the Nuclear Energy Institute to gage public opinion about nuclear waste and nuclear energy.
July 2005

Mineral County Nuclear Waste Projects Office July 2005 Community Survey Results - Approximately 155 face- to-face surveys were conducted in the Hawthorne area as a follow-up to the 2003 resident's survey in order to ascertain views and knowledge of the repository program from Mineral County residents. The 2005 survey questions duplicated many of those used by the State of Nevada and used by the 2003 Mineral County survey. Using similar questions allows for comparability with other survey results concerning the Yucca Mountain project. A summary of comparative findings can be found in Section 3.0 of this report.

Update 2005

Mineral County Baseline Report Update 2005 - This report update the Baseline Report of 2004 for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2005. The report provides the most current information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. This report also contains information about population, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities.

July 2005 Mineral County Nuclear Waste Projects Office July 2005 Community Survey Results - Approximately 155 face- to-face surveys were conducted in the Hawthorne area as a follow-up to the 2003 resident's survey in order to ascertain views and knowledge of the repository program from Mineral County residents. The 2005 survey questions duplicated many of those used by the State of Nevada and used by the 2003 Mineral County survey. Using similar questions allows for comparability with other survey results concerning the Yucca Mountain project. A summary of comparative findings can be found in Section 3.0 of this report.
August 2004 FEIS Comments - Letter to Dr. Margaret Chu, Director, OCRWM, U.S. Department of Energy. Comments from the Mineral County Board of County Commissioners to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.
July 2004 Mineral County Business and Student Survey Yucca Mountain Project, 2004 - Question from the survey: Some people think Nevada should stop opposition to the repository and instead try to make an agreement with the federal government for benefits. Other people believe Yucca Mountain is a poor choice, and that state resistance should not be weakened or compromised by entering into an agreement for benefits. Do you believe the state should stop its opposition and make an agreement, or do you think the state should continue to do all it can to oppose the repository, even if that means turning down benefits that may be offered by the federal government? To see the report and survey results follow the link.
September 2004 Mineral County Baseline Report Update 2004 - This report is an update of the previous baseline for Mineral County showing existing conditions as of 2004. The report provides the most current information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. This report also contains information about population, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities.
October 2004 Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program Model Needs Assessment Hawthorne Army Depot Fire and Emergency Services' October 2004 - Assessment of current capabilities and resources of Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot's (HWAD) fire and emergency services particularly as they relate to Yucca Mountain and shipments of high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel through Mineral County.
April 8, 2004

This letter is addressed to Dr. Letter to Dr.. Margaret Chu, Director of Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, DOE and Mineral County State of Nevada's resolution regarding the transportation of high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel. Chu and is from the Mineral County Board of County Commissioners and begins... “Although your instructions for examining potential railway routes to Yucca Mountain restricted study of any route not included in the EIS, the Mineral County Board of Commissioners encourages you to consider two additional rail routes. Mina 6 and Mina 6A  option, as identified in the Department of Energy's Preliminary Rail Access Study dated January 1990, offer advantages in terms of total cost, construction, feasibility, and overall environmental impacts. The Mina options would include existing track and previously abandoned rail bed that extended nearly to Yucca Mountain. The Mina options and use of the northern Pacific branch line also provides another major advantage in that all nuclear shipments can bypass the Salt Lake City, and Denver metropolitan areas.

Resolutions: The Board of County Commissioners, County of Mineral State of Nevada. Resolution regarding the transportation of high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel in the event the United States Congress mandates development of a high-level waste repository or interim storage facility within the state of Nevada. The Board of Mineral County Commissioners is responsible to ensure that any and all impacts upon the environment, the infrastructure, the economy and/or the lifestyle of Mineral County residents are fully assessed and that appropriate requests for mitigation of such impacts are submitted to the federal government on all relevant matters including but not limited to; medical services, early warning systems, safety of the public and emergency response; and...

April 2003 Mineral County's Baseline Report - This report provides a baseline description of existing conditions in Mineral County as of 2002. The report provides information on social, economic, public services and facilities, and natural resources available in Mineral County and its communities. The report will be used to measure potential changes to Mineral County as a result of the high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and associated transportation activities. Additionally, material presented in this report represents a compilation of previous investigations by Mineral County for Yucca Mountain oversight activities such as the Transportation Status Report and Impacts to Mineral County Visitors. The baseline report contains information about population, labor force, employment, wages, fiscal conditions, natural resources, and land uses. The Yucca Mountain draft and final environmental impacts statement contained very little information about mineral County. This report will help supplement the lack of information developed by DOE. The baseline report will be updated periodically as part of Mineral County's on-going efforts to assess potential impacts associated with the Yucca Mountain Project.
Sept. 2002 Impacts to Mineral County Visitors and Waste Transportation to Yucca Mountain - The purpose of this report is to identify key visitor markets for Mineral County, the Walker Lake and Hawthorne areas. More importantly, key visitor markets will also help identify likely highway transportation routes to the Walker Lake and Hawthorne region used by visitors. Currently, vehicle use is the only mode of transportation available to access Mineral County. Visitors to Mineral County provide sizeable economic benefits to the local economy.
December 2003 Preliminary Assessment of Emergency Response Capabilities for Proposed Shipment to Yucca Mountain, Mineral County - Mineral County has completed an initial review of the likely impacts associated with high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel shipments to Yucca Mountain. The initial assessment was largely focused on the additional costs and fiscal impacts to be incurred by Mineral County to prepare for waste shipments. The initial emergency management assessment was part of the Mineral County Impact Report.
July 2003 Mineral County Community Survey of Yucca Mountain Results, 2003 - The characterization of Yucca Mountain as a potential site for the first high-level nuclear repository is strongly opposed by the State of Nevada. Surveys conducted by the State indicate that roughly 70 percent of Nevadan's oppose the development of the repository at Yucca Mountain. The State survey results strongly reflect the opinions of Clark County, Nevada due to the population distribution in the State and the survey methodology. For example, in the 1991 State telephone survey only 19 of the 504 respondents were from Affected Units of Local Government (AULG) other than Clark County. It is possible that none of the respondents in the 2002 State survey were from Mineral County. The State survey was intended to represent the views of the State in general, but provides little or no insight about the opinions and beliefs held by Mineral County residents with respect to the repository program. As part of the impact assessment and oversight program, Mineral County Board of Commissioners decided to initiate their public opinion survey in the Spring of 2003. Survey questions were directly related to the Yucca Mountain project and associated transportation elements. Survey questions can be found in Appendix A.
August 2002 Transportation Status Report - There are a number of generator sites in the western United States that will be shipping spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste to Yucca Mountain. These sites are comprised of commercial reactor sites, and DOE facilities in four western states. Those located to the east will probably use highway alternatives such as Interstate 80 to U.S. 93 and 6 in Nevada. The Hanford site and WPPS in eastern Washington will potentially generate the largest number of shipments to Yucca Mountain. US 95 provides easy access to Yucca mountain and avoids larger metropolitan areas encountered using the Interstate Highway System.
February 2002 A Preliminary Assessment of Rail Transportation Impacts in Mineral County - This report looks at property value impacts associated with rail operations in Mineral County. Although, Mineral County is not actively being considered as a route to Yucca Mountain, the spur line through the County provides the shortest and cheapest option to haul high-level nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. For its preliminary impact assessment of the Yucca Mountain Project, Mineral County did consider the impacts to property value along potential truck routes to Yucca Mountain, this assessment is part of Mineral County's on-going efforts to understand the positive and negative aspects of activities related to the Yucca Mountain Project. The assessment of property value impacts largely mirrors studies completed by the State of Nevada for the Las Vegas area, Reno/Sparks, and Elko County.
September 2002 Hawthorne Impact Report, Transportation of Spent Fuel by Highway to Yucca Mountain - If a high-level waste repository opens at Yucca Mountain, south of Hawthorne on US 95, a large number of truck shipments of nuclear waste are expected on US 95. Truck shipments of nuclear waste through populated areas lead to a radiation dose to the public even if the transport is incident-free, because no shielding material can entirely eliminate direct gamma and neutron radiation. As a result, residents, vacationers, drivers, pedestrians and workers will get a radiation dose, which depends on the recipient's proximity and exposure time.
June 3, 1993

A PROFILE OF THE MINERAL COUNTY ECONOMY: The attraction and retention of people to live, work, raise a family, and retire within the economic growth of any region. Population growth is both a cause and a consequence of economic growth. Therefore, county patterns of population growth and change reflect the differences among regions in their ability to attract and retain people as both producers and consumers in their economies.

Mineral County's population growth and change are compared with state and U.S. population trends to provide a relative measure about how this particular county compares with other areas of population growth.