Reid sponsors bill to block quarry near Henderson |

Reid sponsors bill to block quarry near Henderson

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced a bill in Congress to block development of a mile-square site on federal land south of Henderson as a gravel quarry.

The Democratic senator said Wednesday he’s convinced the proposed Sloan Hills gravel mine would hurt the Sloan Canyon National Conservation area and nearby Henderson neighborhoods.

Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus and Republican Congressman Dean Heller also came out last year against the proposal.

Service Rock Products of California and Mexico-based Cemex have applied to extract and crush millions of tons of sand and rock from the open-pit quarry over the next 20 years to make concrete.

Reid says the Bureau of Land Management is evaluating the proposal.

He says his bill would withdraw the area from consideration for mining.