EPA Officially Proposes Adding Anaconda Copper Mine On National Priority List

Sep 13, 2016

The Anaconda Copper Mine near Yerington is one step closer to getting federal funds to help officially clean up the site. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency officially added its proposal for the site to the Superfund program’s National Priority List last week.

If accepted, federal funds would be available for the EPA, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Land Management to begin cleaning up the site as early as next year.

Former EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld says he’s confident the site will receive funding, because unlike many sites on the list, numerous studies have already been conducted and the project is what the agency calls “shovel-ready.”

The proposal is now open for public comment. Congress decides which projects on the Superfund List will receive funding next spring.

Note: A previous version of this story's headline said that the EPA added the site to the National Priority List. We've updated that to reflect that adding the site has been proposed.