Copper mining revival underway in Nevada town

OPTIMISM has returned to the Mason Valley of Nevada, where townsfolk of the sleepy City of Yerington are preparing for an impending influx of mining people.

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VP for environmental and external relations Timothy Dyhr (L) and president and CEO Matt Gili at a plaque commemorating Pumpkin Hollow's sod turning event

Canadian-based project developer Nevada Copper (TSX:NCU) is planning to start production at the nearby Pumpkin Hollow copper mine by the fourth quarter of 2019, and full-scale construction activity is currently ramping up.

Located directly east from the fertile agronomic lands of Yerington, with a population of about 3,000 residents and where onions account for a multimillion-dollar industry that has sustained locals since the Anaconda Copper mine was abandoned in 1978, Pumpkin Hollow is a posterchild for modern mine building. Immediately west of the city lies the unsightly remains of the old Anaconda mine tailing dumps, a large flooded openpit, and non-reclaimed wastelands - an eyesore for locals and visitors alike.

But times have changed and there is confidence amon...