(Reno, NV) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’d be inclined to support a bill transferring federal land to the city of Yerington in Lyon County if the deal includes creating a wilderness area in the region.

Reid tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that backers of the land swap have to do something for the environment to get his support.

The bill co-sponsored by other members of Nevada’s congressional delegation would require Yerington to pay fair-market value for 19 square miles of federal land near Pumpkin Hollow, a copper mine being developed by Nevada Copper.

Local officials say taking ownership of the property that surrounds the project will allow them to tap into infrastructure improvements made by the mining company and spur development in a county with high unemployment.


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