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Consultants question Nyssa rail project, urge state to set conditions for money

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, has spearheaded the effort to build a rail reload center north of Nyssa. (The Enterprise/File).

NYSSA - A national consultant has identified “major risks” with Nyssa’s proposed railing ship center and advised that state officials not advance money to build it until land prices are settled, a deal is struck with Union Pacific, and projected business volume is modified.

The Treasure Valley Reload Center is in line for $26 million in state money. The project is being managed by a county-created public company, Malheur County Development Corp.

The Tioga Group, retained by the Oregon Department of Transportation to independently review the case for the Nyssa center, raised several red flags about the project in its Jan. 7 report.

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