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Commissioners Ask For Extension On Air Station Expansion

Nye County Commissioners have said an expansion to the Fallon Naval Air Station could have a negative impact to the county.

The expansion could include land withdrawl, airspace modifications and land acquisitions.

The Pahrump Valley Times reportsthe Commission requested a 60-day expansion on the scoping process in a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.

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Nye County’s public lands historically allowed for mining, ranching, oil and gas development, recreation and other activities that have a positive socioeconomic impact on the county and local communities.

The continued restriction on access or use of these public lands will have an adverse impact on jobs and tax revenue for the county and towns, officials said.

The letter included comments on public health and safety, socioeconomic and infrastructure impacts, and airspace operations impacts.