U.S. House committee approves B Reactor Park at Hanford

April 24, 2013 

— The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos, N.M.

“Today the Manhattan Project National Historic Park is one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Pasco. Hastings introduced the legislation along with congressmen from Tennessee and New Mexico.

“This has been a long process and I’m grateful to the community leaders and advocates who have worked tirelessly on its behalf,” he said in a prepared statement. “ I’m committed to bringing the bill to the House floor this Congress and working with the Senate to get it signed into law.”

The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to produce an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany.

The bill will now go to the full House for consideration.

Under the bill, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park would be established as a unit of the National Park System within a year.

The legislation requires coordination, planning and cooperation between the park service and the Department of Energy to ensure safe and secure access to the locations. The establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is supported by the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy and the National Park Service. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.

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