Lyon County hopes for copper mine in 2014

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Updated: 12/27/2013 4:37 pm
YERINGTON, Nev. ( & KRNV) - One Lyon County town is looking forward to the new year. Yerington is hoping that Congress will act in January on a bill that some say will provide jobs and stable economy for the town, for years to come.

The pending legislation would assist in the development of a copper mine. The bill would allow Yerington to acquire more than 10,400 acres of federal land, just east of the city, that is now under the Bureau of Land Management.

Nevada Copper would then develop a larger mining operation, and it would be expected to happen sooner, since it places the permitting process under local and state control. Yerington would receive the property and net proceeds taxes from the land.

Lawmakers would also consider designating nearly 48,000 acres in southern Lyon County as the Wovoka Wilderness. The city hopes this will allow for further uses, including recreational, in the decades to come after the mining is finished.

Yerington Mayor George Dini says the town is in dire need of this economic boost that will bring 400 jobs in the short term, and as many as 1,000 in the long term. "We want to get this project up and running the town. We don't like to say "it's on life support," that is kind of drastic, but we need a new payroll here that's sustainable for years to come."

This bill has been stuck in a House committee, but supporters hope the bill is passed out of committee and brought to a vote. Nevada's full delegation is behind it.
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