The former US senator for Nevada says he’s not ready to “stand up and fight” the mining industry.
The state has been hit hard by the collapse of a $16.8 billion coal industry and a recent federal ban on new mining permits in the state.
But retired Senator Harry Reid has said he’s “not ready to fight the miners” or the coal industry.
“I’m not ready yet to stand up and say, ‘No, no, no,'” Reid told the Associated Press.
“There are a lot of issues we need to get through.
We’re not done with this.”
A number of mines have closed in Nevada, including the largest, Las Vegas-based Gold Rush Mine.
The Trump administration announced the coal moratorium on Wednesday, saying it would keep some mining operations in the country, but also ban new mines in the US for up to six years.
A new federal ban could have a significant impact on mining in the United States.
The industry is a major source of jobs in the Nevada and Colorado regions.
The Nevada Independent reported on Thursday that some mining companies have cut back on staff and investments in the wake of the ban.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.