H.R. 697: Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act

H.R. 697

Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act

Sponsor
Rep. Joe Heck

Date
July 22, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 22, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on February 14, 2013 by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 697 directs the Secretary of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey the Three Kids Mine Federal Land, approximately 948 acres, to the Henderson Redevelopment Agency of the city of Henderson, Nevada.  The land would be conveyed for the purpose of environmental remediation and reclamation efforts of the Three Kids Mine Project Site.  It further directs the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the fair market value based upon the assessment, remediation, and reclamation costs of the Project Area, and requires the Henderson Redevelopment Agency to pay fair market value for the land.  In addition, the bill releases the federal government of any liabilities or claims that arise from the potential release of hazardous substance or mining-related materials at the Project Site.     

Background

The Three Kids Mine (TKM), located in Clark County, Nevada, operated from 1916 until 1961. The United States, through the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC), owned 446 acres of the TKM Project site from 1942 to 1955. DPC leased the site to U.S. Metals Reserve Company (MRC) who then contracted with the Manganese Ore Company to construct and operate a mill from 1942 through 1944 in order to produce manganese for national defense purposes. From 1950 to 1959, the U.S. contracted with Manganese, Inc. to process federally owned ore, and leased private lands to stockpile manganese nodules associated with the site as late as 2003.

The TKM project site is approximately 1,262 acres and includes 948 acres of federal lands east of the City of Henderson, Nevada.   The land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).  The remaining 314 acres, where the mill site and processing plant is located, are privately owned. The site is contaminated with arsenic, lead and other heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons. Cost estimates for cleanup and reclamation of the site range from $300 million to $1.2 billion.  The City of Henderson, the Henderson Redevelopment Agency, the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Lakemoor Development, LLC, and BLM negotiated a plan to clean up and redevelop the TKM Project site that includes the purchase of 948 acres of federal lands and relieves the federal government of the environmental liability associated with mining, milling and oreâ€Âstorage activities at the site at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.

Similar legislation passed the House in 112th Congress by voice vote.

Cost

According to the CBO, the bill would have no effect on direct spending or revenues.  The CBO expects the bill to have no significant impact on the federal budget.[1]

Additional Information

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