Sandoval rebuffs efforts to name Nevada mine a Superfund site

By Sandra Cherub | January 29, 2016

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval told federal environmental regulators Friday there are no imminent health concerns at an abandoned copper mine near Yerington to demand immediate listing as a national priority for Superfund cleanup.

In a letter to Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, Sandoval insisted the state be given more time to work with local officials and industry leaders in the Northern Nevada community on a solution.

Sandoval said he was assured by state environmental officials “that there is no imminent health concerns at the site that require immediate action” and a fluid management system to prevent contamination from toxic ponds is preventing releases to the environment.

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