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FACING AN UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC FUTURE: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SPENDING AND RURAL REGIONS SURROUNDING THE U.S. DOE's NUCLEAR WEAPONS FACILITIES

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Abstract:

Using an economic simulation model, the study finds that the proposed expenditure by the U.S. Department of Energy of billions of dollars to manage the nuclear weapons environmental legacy followed by sharp reductions in expenditures would cause economic spikes and then depressions in three rural regions (Hanford in Washington, INEEL in Idaho, and SRS in South Carolina). The economies of larger and growing metropolitan regions with DOE sites will not be noticeably impacted. Simulations suggest pronounced impacts on income, jobs, and gross regional product in the three dependent rural regions. Policy options are reviewed to address the economic stresses of these rural dependent regions.

Keywords: Economic impact; Environmental management; Nuclear weapon sites; United States

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10242690302937

Affiliations: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, 33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 100, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1958

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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