Three Kids Mine
NDEP hosted an open house Community Information Meeting in March 2023 in Henderson, Nevada. This provided the community with an opportunity to provide input on the Proposed Plan for the cleanup of environmental contamination at the Three Kids Mine site. In November 2023, NDEP issued the Record of Decision explaining the selected cleanup alternative for the site. Site cleanup is estimated to begin in summer 2024.
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 include open pits, waste rock, ore yard, mill site, and tailings ponds.
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, the federal Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act was enacted. This legislation provides a framework by which Federally-owned land within the 1,165-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 to complete the land transfer in 2023 are currently underway and have included sampling and analysis of tailings, waste rock, and soils throughout the site. Documents summarizing these activties can be downloaded from the links below.
Site Assessment Reports
Three Kids Mine Act
November 22, 2023 - 3,000 homes to be built on top of old mine site in Henderson - Las Vegas Review-Journal*
November 20, 2023 - Three Kids Mine site cleanup set to begin in 2024 as vote nears on plan for 3,000 homes - 8 News Now*
November 20, 2023 - Henderson City Council to vote on controversial development at old mine site - Las Vegas Review-Journal*
November 12, 2023 - Developers move forward on cleanup of former Three Kids Mine in Henderson - Las Vegas Sun*
October 4, 2023 - Henderson City Council tables Three Kids Mine housing discussion - The Nevada Independent*
October 3, 2023 - Henderson City Council delays controversial Three Kids Mine vote - Las Vegas Review-Journal*
October 2, 2023 - Planned housing development on old Henderson mine has experts concerned - Las Vegas Review-Journal*
March 31, 2023 - Clean up plans explained for site of Three Kids Mine site near Lake Las Vegas - FOX5 Vegas*
November 21, 2022 - Three Kids Mine sale to Henderson open for public comment; housing could come next - 8 News Now KLAS Las Vegas*
*: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection does not offer any guarantee, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, validity, or completeness of the information presented by a third-party. Furthermore, the views or opinions expressed by a third-party do not reflect the views or opinions of the Division.
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.