"Reid: Nevada Should Accept EPA's Help Cleaning Toxic Mine"

"CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada should accept a federal plan to add an abandoned copper mine near Yerington to the Superfund National Priority List — a move that would designate it as one of the nation's most polluted sites and bring federal funds to cover 90 percent of the cleanup, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said.

Reid sent a letter Sunday to Gov. Brian Sandoval and Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, saying he supported the agency's intention to add the Anaconda mine to the list.

Nevada has opposed past EPA proposals to list the site, fearing a stigma that might affect property values and any precedent that could be set by federal intervention in the mining-friendly state — the world's sixth-biggest producer of gold."

Michelle Rindels reports for the Associated Press December 28, 2015.

Source: AP, 12/29/2015