Legislation ceding 10,500 acres of federal land to the city of Yerington cleared the House of Representatives Tuesday.
Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., sponsor of the legislation, told the members in a floor speech there is no downside to the transfer.
"There are no mining issues, no cleanup issues, surface and groundwater issues," he said. "None of those issues at all."
On top of that, he said, Yerington will pay fair market value for the land adjoining the city.
What it will do, he said, is enable development of the Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow mine project that will eventually create 800 …