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Yerington Gets 10,000 Acres For Mining Expansion

The federal government completed its transfer of 10,000 acres of public land to the city of Yerington on Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Bureau of Land Management issued the patent to Yerington for the land, which will be used for industrial, recreational and infrastructure projects.

More than half the land will be given to Nevada Copper for expansion of its Pumpkin Hollow mine.

The land transfer was approved last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress.

Yerington and Nevada Copper purchased the property for $1.8 million.

Representative Mark Amodei and Senator Dean Heller issued statements praising the deal. Heller says the land conveyance will spur commercial development and other economic activity in a region hit hard by the Recession.

Julia Ritchey is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.