Heck Three Kids Mine Bill Passes House
Bill creates jobs, economic opportunity for Henderson at no cost to taxpayers
WASHINGTON - As the House of Representatives continues to pass legislation that would put more Americans back to work, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House passage of H.R. 2512, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Heck in July, would allow the City of Henderson to reclaim the abandoned Three Kids Mine site and form a public-private partnership for cleanup and redevelopment while eliminating federal government liability at no cost to taxpayers. It is estimated that after full reclamation and development of the site, 3,000 jobs will be created. The bill now moves to the United States Senate for consideration.
“The Three Kids Mine legislation passed by the House will create jobs and improve safety in southern Nevada at no cost to the Federal government and I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this bill,” Rep. Heck said. “The long-abandoned Three Kids Mine is an unsightly, dangerous and potentially environmentally-damaging site close to homes and businesses in Henderson that must be reclaimed. This legislation offers a viable reclamation and cleanup protocol that can serve as a model for the cleanup of other sites around the country.”
Rep. Heck spoke on the House floor to urge his colleagues to support the job-creating bill. To see a video of Rep. Heck’s remarks, click the image below.
The Three Kids Mine (TKM) is an abandoned manganese mine and mill site consisting of approximately 1,262 acres of Federal and private lands which lie within the Henderson city limits and is across Lake Mead Parkway from an increasing number of homes and businesses. The Three Kids Mine was owned and operated by various parties, including the United States government, from approximately 1917 through 1961, and used as a storage area for Federal manganese ore reserves from the late 1950s through 2003. The project site contains numerous large unstable sheer-cliff open pits as deep as 400 feet, huge volumes of mine overburden/tailings, mill facility remnants and waste disposal areas.
The City of Henderson, the Henderson Redevelopment Agency, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Lakemoor Development, LLC and the Bureau of Land Management have negotiated a plan to clean up and redevelop the TKM Project site that includes the purchase of 948 acres of Federal lands.