House passes defense bill with Hanford amendments

Tri-City HeraldJune 14, 2013 

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment for establishing a Manhattan Project National Historic Park at Hanford’s B reactor, as well as sites in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos, N.M.

The 315-108 vote, supported by all Washington Congress members, calls for the Department of Energy to enter an agreement with the Department of the Interior for administering the facilities and enhancing public access, management, interpretation and historic preservation, according to a news release from Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, who authored the amendment.

Another amendment will transfer 1,641 Hanford acres DOE no longer needs for cleanup activities to the Tri-City Development Council. The land is designated for industrial use.

The bill still needs Senate approval.

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