Nevada Tribe Upset With Congressman Mark Amodei

A Nevada tribe is slamming congressman Mark Amodei’s proposal to give more than 2,000 acres of federal land at a contaminated mine site, to the company responsible for cleaning it up. Amodei told the Reno Gazette Journal, BP’s subsidiary Atlantic Richfield asked him to introduce a bill to transfer more than 2,000 acres of BLM Land to private hands. Amodei says the transfer would speed up the cleanup of the former Anaconda copper mine near Yerington. Yerington Paiute Tribe chairman Laurie Thom says Amodei never consulted tribal leaders about the proposal she calls a “shameful” infringement on tribal sovereignty. BP is already is responsible for the cleanup under the EPA Superfund law.