Since 2000, the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management (EM) Nevada Program has provided more than $15 million to communities near the NNSS to enhance county emergency response capabilities. To fund this grant, approved waste generators are charged an additional $.50 per cubic foot of classified and low-level/mixed-level radioactive waste disposed at the NNSS. The Nevada Division of Emergency Management administers and distributes the funding based upon voting results for the allocation and priority of applications submitted by the counties. Clark, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine counties have used the grant funding for items such as emergency communication and response equipment, facilities and salaries for emergency managers and training officers.
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