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One Million Acres of Nevada Land Sold to Florida Company
One Million Acres of Nevada Land Sold to Florida Company

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AIR DATE: December 16, 2011

That sounds like a lot of land--and that's because it is. In fact, it's 12 percent of all privately held land in Nevada; It was sold last week to a Florida-based company that wants to increase mining and geothermal energy plants on its massive land holdings. The land is a checkerboard pattern along I-80 in Northern Nevada and was first granted to the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s as an incentive to build the transcontinental railroad.

So, we ask, what does this mean for our land-rich state? Post your questions and comments in the section below.

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Don Pattalock, Pres, New Nevada Land and New Nevada Resources
Michael Green, historian, CSN


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Matt's question is a good one. Many of us hope this sale does not include honoring the lease/purchase option to Recology for his 20,000 ton per week for 95 year landfill on the Black Rock over an active aquifer in a seismic zone with a bad soil report. But NDEP seems bent on permitting it. NPR may want to check out this story. Public comment closes 12/16 at 5. How to comment.

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Tracy AustinDec 15, 2011 13:13:34 PM
A chunk of land near Winnemucca that is now in the hands of New Nevada Resources was slated to be landfill operated by Recology. Are the new owners intending to allow the landfill proposal to go forward, knowing that the residents voted against it (Recology has brought lawsuits against county representives, with the intent of getting their landfill in)?
MattDec 15, 2011 11:24:42 AM
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