Washington, D.C.-The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing today on Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s Three Kids Mine bill. The Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act of 2011 will help the City of Henderson clean up a toxic abandoned mine site without costing taxpayers one dime for cleanup. Cleaning up the Three Kids Mine site will turn a community liability into an opportunity for economic development for southern Nevadans.
“This important bill will protect the health and safety of residents in Henderson,” said Reid. “For decades, the Three Kids Mine has been a toxic hazard for Nevadans living nearby. This legislation will help ensure that the 1,260 acre area of land is made safe without costing a dime for taxpayers.”
The Three Kids Mine site is a 1,260 acre abandoned manganese mine and mill site located along the south side of Lake Mead Drive, across the highway from Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson.
The bill would direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey the federal portions of the Three Kids Mine site to the City of Henderson’s Redevelopment Agency for fair market value taking into account the cost of reclamation for the mine site.
Once it receives title to the land, the Redevelopment Agency will work with a developer to complete the cleanup to meet stringent state and federal standards and to develop a residential community in its place.