Keywords: nuclear facilities, site selection, impact, property values, nuclear energy benefits, local communities, tax revenues, nuclear jobs, nuclear employment, nuclear powers, economic growth, public services, community development, schools, USA, United States
The impacts of nuclear facilities on property values and other factors in the surrounding communities
This paper addresses the issue of the impact of the siting of nuclear facilities on the adjacent communities. It reviews previous studies on the issue and then empirically examines the impacts of seven major nuclear facilities located throughout the USA on the surrounding communities. The analysis focuses on the effects on local property values, economic growth, tax revenues, public services, community development, jobs and employment, and schools. Using published data, economic and statistical analyses, literature reviews and interviews, it finds that the impacts of these facilities have been largely positive. The findings are placed in perspective, caveats are noted concerning the generalisation of the conclusions derived and recommendations for required further research are provided.