Feds reject land sale for Vegas-area gravel quarry

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Updated: 4/26/2013 3:39 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management says it won't sell a block of rocky land south of Las Vegas for a gravel pit operation.

The BLM cited an environmental analysis and public opposition in announcing Friday that it won't authorize the land sale near the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area south of Henderson.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak represents the area.

He tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that residents in the nearby Sun City Anthem development worried about dust, truck traffic, noise and lowered property values if mining was allowed in the Sloan Hills area.

Nevada elected officials including Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Sen. Dean Heller also opposed the proposal by Mexico-based Cemex Construction Materials Pacific and California-based Service Rock Products to excavate rock for concrete.


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