President Obama signs cleanup bill for abandoned Nevada mine
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- President Obama has signed into law legislation Nevada's congressional delegation sought in an effort to launch the long-awaited cleanup of a toxic, abandoned manganese mine in Henderson.
The measure signed Friday directs the Bureau of Land Management to convey federal portions of the Three Kids Mine to Henderson's redevelopment agency for fair market value, taking into account cleanup costs projected in excess of $300 million.
Once the local agency receives title to the land, it will work with a developer to complete cleanup and build a residential community.
Rep. Joe Heck said it could create as many as 3,000 jobs over the life of the project.
The mine first opened in 1917. It was used for government storage after it closed in 1961. It covers more than 1,200 acres across the street from homes and businesses.