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Sandoval Changes His Tune on Copper Pit Cleanup

Quite the change in tune over the past two months from Governor Sandoval on cleaning up the Anaconda Copper Pit in Yerington… but we’re glad to see he came around and now agrees with Senator Reid on finally designating this toxic former mine as a Superfund National Priority site.

We guess Dean Heller, Mark Amodei and Cresent Hardy are all on the same page now too?

EIGHT WEEKS AGO:

Reno Gazette-Journal: Reid: Nevada must accept assistance for copper pit cleanup

By Sen. Harry Reid

February 3, 2016

For many decades, the Anaconda Copper Pit in Yerington has sat as an abandoned cesspool full of toxic substances – a dangerous and unwelcome burden for the people who live and work nearby. The federal government has long offered help in cleaning this highly contaminated site, but the state of Nevada – under several administrations – has continually resisted that aid. Now Governor Sandoval is saying the state will resist even longer.

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In his response to the EPA’s proposal, Governor Sandoval resisted, saying “that there is no imminent health concerns at the site that require immediate action.”

The governor is wrong.

SEVEN WEEKS AGO:

Reno Gazette-Journal: One View: Reid’s call for cleanup assistance premature

By Brian Sandoval, Dean Heller, Mark Amodei, Cresent Hardy, George Dini and Jeff Page

February 9, 2016

We were incredibly disappointed to read Senator Harry Reid’s recent commentary and support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to place the Anaconda/Yerington mine site on the Superfund National Priority List (NPL).

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Senator Reid alleges that there are imminent threats to the community from this site. The senator is wrong.

YESTERDAY:

Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada agrees to Superfund priority status for Anaconda copper mine

By Jason Hidalgo

March 29, 2016

Nevada “cautiously” agreed on Tuesday with efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to include an abandoned copper mine near the town of Yerington on its priority list of contaminated sites.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the decision in a letter to the EPA, allowing the agency to include the Anaconda copper mine to the National Priority List of contaminated sites without opposition from the state.