More about the Nevada Test Site

Larger than many small countries, the Nevada Test Site offers an enormous amount of space, including more than a 1,000 miles of completely undisturbed land available for new projects. The vast site also offers security. The boundary and security areas are guarded, and the area is isolated from population centers.
  Project personnel operate in complete privacy only 65 miles from the  major urban area of Las Vegas, from which supplies and services

are readily available and which can accommodate any increase in population that might result from additional activities.   Commuter buses provide convenient transportation to and from work for test site personnel, and the arid desert climate allows year-round operation.

The site is adjacent to the Nellis Air Force range complex. The site also benefits from ready access to several additional airports in the area, including McCarran International Airport and the on-site Desert Rock Airport with a runway capable of accepting jet aircraft.

Located within the boundaries of the Nevada Test Site, the base camp of Mercury has many of the amenities found in a typical small town. Housing, medical services, fire protection, law enforcement and security, and a cafeteria are all on site. There are more than 1,100 buildings valued at more than $700million. There is housing for more than 1,200; offices, laboratories,
warehouses, and training facilities; a hospital, post office, fire station, and sheriff's substation; and a large motor pool complete with repair facilities.

There are 400 miles of paved roads and 300 miles of unpaved roads, two airstrips, and 10 heliports, as well as several active water wells and an electric power transmission system.  Programs are in place to ensure environmental protection and the safety and health of the work force.

The Nevada Test Site is located 65 miles north of Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The world famous "Entertainment Capital of the World" offers a full range of cultural attractions and leisure activities ranging from water skiing to ice skating. The climate is that of a high desert basin with an estimated rainfall of less than seven inches and 310 days of sunshine each year.

The state of Nevada ranks number one in the nation for business climate, population growth, and job creation with the majority of that activity taking place in the southern part of the state.  Nevada's favorable tax structure with no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no franchise tax, no inventory tax, no admissions tax, no unitary tax, no inheritance tax, and no
capital stock tax, is one reason many businesses are relocating to Nevada. Together, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Community College of Southern Nevada serve the higher education needs of more than 41,000 students each year.

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