Three Kids Mine

The Hydro pit, Hulin pit, three tailings ponds, overburden, flotation tank foundations, and a portion of the ore yard are visible in this aerial photograph of the Three Kids Mine site. as well as the nearby Lake Mead Boat Storage and Laker Plaza businesses.
Features of the Three Kids Mine site include open pits, tailings ponds, overburden, flotation tank foundations, and the ore yard. There are two boat storage businesses nearby.

Background

The Three Kids Mine was an open-pit manganese mine discovered in Clark County, Nevada in 1917. During its early years of operation, which coincided with World War I, manganese from the mine was used in military weapons and equipment. With the end of the war, and the subsequent drop in demand for manganese, mining activities slowed and the Three Kids Mine remained nearly dormant for the next several years.

In 1942, a mill was constructed for on-site processing of manganese ore to help meet the demand for manganese, which had been reignited as a result of World War II. Around this same time, the unrelated Basic Magnesium Incorporated complex, also located in Clark County, Nevada, produced magnesium for the war effort. However, the end of the war once again represented a decline in activity at the Three Kids Mine, and the mill was closed in 1944.

Site activities remained limited up until 1951, when the mill was remodeled and subsequently reopened. The mine and mill continued producing manganese until all open pits were exhausted, and in 1961, all site operations were permanently discontinued. Reserves of lead and manganese that had been stockpiled on-site were sold in the years that followed, and in the early 1980s, a few parcels from the property were sold and redeveloped. Key features of the former Three Kids Mine included four open pits, overburden, ore yard, mill, and tailings ponds.


Current Status

Several assessments and studies of the Three Kids Mine site took place in the late 90s through early 2000s. In 2007, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the site was conducted. The Phase I ESA identified recognized environmental conditions (RECs) at the site through public records review, interviews with knowledgeable parties, and physical site inspections. RECs include dusts, residues, and processing wastes containing lead, arsenic, manganese, and petroleum.

On July 25, 2014, U.S. Congress approved the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act. This piece of legislation provides a timeframe and means by which Federally-owned land within the 1,262-acre Three Kids Mine site can be conveyed to the City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency for the purposes of site assessment, remediation, and reclamation. Efforts are currently underway to have the land transfer completed by the end of 2022. These efforts will include a Phase II ESA.


Downloadable Documents

Three Kids Mine Fact Sheet (PDF, 356 KB)

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (PDF, 10.9 MB)

Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (PDF, 250 KB)


Recent News

July 10, 2014Congress clears Henderson to buy, clean up toxic mine site - Las Vegas Sun


Additional Information

For more information, please contact Alan Pineda at alan.pineda [at] ndep.nv.gov or 702-668-3925.

To request public records, please submit a Public Records Request Form.

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