April 26, 2013
Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a decision as part of an environmental impact statement that denies requests to sell minerals materials rights in Sloan Hills, Nevada near Henderson. Senator Reid previously introduced legislation to block development of proposed gravel pits:
“Over the years I have heard from thousands of southern Nevadans who oppose the Sloan Hills gravel pit, and today’s decision from BLM is welcome news,” said Senator Harry Reid. “After evaluating a proposal for a major gravel operation at the site in question, the BLM’s decision shows that they took the needs of the community to heart. Keeping our communities safe and healthy is critical and I am pleased that these ill-conceived mines will remain inactive.”
“This has been a long fight by thousands of Henderson-area residents,” Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said. “We’ve all been deeply concerned. These mining operations and its parade of dump trucks would have really damaged residents’ quality of life and potentially affected their health. It would have raised more dust, truck traffic and noise and lowered property values. This decision was a no-brainer and a victory for Henderson residents."