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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

commissioners and team

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



Mineral County National Honor Society Students Complete the Yucca Mountain 2011 Survey

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Pictured - Front row: Board of Mineral County Commissioners: James A. Essenpreis, Chairman, Nancy Black, Member, and Jerrie C. Tipton, Vice Chairman.

Back row: Linda Mathias, Director of Mineral County Nuclear Waste Project and Mineral County national honor society students.

As part of its impact assessment and oversight program, Mineral County conducts an annual survey which stared in 2003 and focuses on assessing local Mineral County residence opinions about the Yucca Mountain Project and nuclear power.

National honor society students conducted the surveys will the results available at this link. Mineral-Survey-2011

Mineral County National Honor Society Students Complete the Yucca Mountain 2010 Survey

The Mineral County National Honor Society have completed the Yucca Mountain 2010 Community Survey with results that coincide with prior surveys of local county residents (see figure below).

The high school students interviewed approximately 200 respondents in order to ascertain the views and knowledge of the proposed Yucca Mountain High Level Nuclear Waste Repository 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The survey also included questions which have been the subject of national survey efforts regarding nuclear energy. On Wednesday, April 21st, 2010, 3 students from the survey group, Nicole West, Gabby Madraso and Sara Going, presented the results to the Mineral County Board of Commissioners.

The students worked under the direction of Linda Mathias, Director of the Mineral County Nuclear Projects Office and their faculty advisor, Shar Murphy. The National Honor Society student participants were: Mallory Bunch, Sheridan Sterling, Christina Janis, Sara Going, Candace Paulson, Nicole West, Sam Mayes, Chris Milks, Dalton Hearn, Foster Kenton III, Shatoya Mitchel and Gabby Madraso. A heartfelt thank you goes out to these fine students and their faculty advisor, Shar Murphy for a job well done!

Survey presenters

Student presenters are Nicole West, Gabby Madraso and Sara Going

Sample from the 2010 Survey

3.0 COMPARISON OF SURVEY RESPONSES

Section 3.0 compares the results of the 2010 Mineral County survey to national survey responses and past community surveys. The Nuclear Energy Institute conducted a number of survey efforts related to Yucca Mountain and nuclear energy use over the last several years. Among national and Mineral County survey respondents, support for nuclear power remains strong.

Questions:

Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States?

As compared to national survey results, the Mineral County 2007 survey respondents had a slightly less favorable view of nuclear energy as a source of electricity in the United States. Overall, there is an increasing favorable view of nuclear energy among national and Mineral County survey respondents for the 2008 and 2009 survey efforts. 0Results: Public Survey 2010:

 

2009 Mineral County Public Survey

Report

Mineral County High School students completed approximately 209 surveys in order to ascertain the views and knowledge of the repository program and nuclear energy. The Mineral County Community survey focused on questions and issues that have been the subject of national survey efforts related to nuclear energy and Yucca Mountain.

Once the research was completed students compiled the information and presented their findings to the Mineral County Board of County Commissioners.

How did Mineral residents respond?

Mineral honor students

High School students Devin Loughry, Brianna Paulson, and Nicole Mathias.

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Question: Are you familiar with the Yucca Mountain Project and the federal government’s efforts to store spent nuclear fuel in Nevada?


Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Yes

172

83.3

No

37

16.6

Question

Question 1. Are you in favor or opposed to a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada?

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

In Favor

124

59.3

Opposed

85

40.7

Question 1

Question 2. Increasing energy production requires a permanent geologic repository at Yucca Mountain. It could also reduce the Nation’s energy costs and dependence on foreign energy sources. Knowing this would you be in favor or opposed to a repository?

Mineral County Survey Respondent
Response Frequency Percent
In Favor 146 69.9
Opposed 63 30.1
Question 2
Question 3. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States?

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Strongly favor

67

32.1

Somewhat favor

72

34.4

Somewhat oppose 32 15.3
Strongly oppose 38 18.2

In 2008, about 74 percent of national survey respondents favored nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide energy in the United States.

Question 3

Question 4. How confident are you that radioactive waste from America’s nuclear power plants will be transported safely to the Yucca Mountain disposal site. Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Very confident

63

30.1

Somewhat confident

79

37.8

Not too confident 46 22.1
Not confident at all 21 10.0

 

Question 4

Question 5. Radioactive waste is transported in rugged vault-like containers, under strict regulations, using cautious procedures, and in collaboration with state agencies. In the past 35 years, there have been more than 3,000 shipments of this radioactive waste across a total of nearly 2 million miles, and no radiation leeks. After hearing this statement, how confident are you that the radioactive waste from America’s nuclear power plants will be transported safely to the proposed Yucca Mountain disposal site?

Mineral County Survey Respondent
Response Frequency Percent
Very confident 77

36.8

Somewhat confident

83

39.8

Not too confident 32 15.3
Not confident at all 17 8.1


Question 5

Question 6. Please tell me if you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose building new nuclear power plants to reduce reliance on oil or coal.

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Stongly agree

86

41.2

Agree

55

26.3

Disagree 51 24.4
Strongly disagree 17 8.1
Question 6

Question 7. Should Nevada receive a benefits package or compensation from the federal government, if the Yucca Mountain Project is built?

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Yes

202

96.7

No

7

3.3

Question 7

Age of Respondent (survey respondent)

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Average age

38 yrs

 

Median age

35 yrs

 

55 years or older 39 18.8
25 to 55 years old 105 50.2
Less than 25 years 64 30.6
Age of Respondent

Question 11. Household Size

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

1 person

43

21.0

2 person

66

32.2

3 person 43 21.0
4 person 35 17.1
More than 4 persons 18 8.7
Question 11

Question 12. Length of Residency in Mineral County

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Average length

22.9 yrs

 

Median length

20 yrs

 

1-10 years 68 32.5
10-20 years 70 33.5
More than 20 years 71 34.0
Question 12

Question 13. Sex of Respondent

Mineral County Survey Respondent

Response

Frequency

Percent

Male

84

40.2

Female

125

59.8

Question 13