WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved legislation intended to launch the long-awaited cleanup of a toxic, abandoned manganese mine outside of Las Vegas.
Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller say the bill sent to President Obama on Wednesday directs the Bureau of Land Management 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 cleanup costs projected in excess of $300 million.
They said that once the local agency receives title to the land, it will work with a developer to complete cleanup and build a residential community.
The mine that first opened in 1917 was used for government storage after it closed in 1961. It covers more than 1,200 acres within Henderson's city limits across the street from homes and businesses.
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