WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1208, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act bipartisan legislation by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) that would establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park and include facilities in Hanford, Washington, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The Manhattan Project was a top secret program during World War II to produce an atomic bomb, which played an integral part in ending World War II. This legislation would preserve these historic sites as national parks and ensure public access for future generations.
The Representatives and Senators of both parties who are working together on this legislation are very committed to advancing this historical park into law "though even our passion for establishing the park is exceeded by that of the volunteers and local leaders in the three Manhattan Project communities and others across the nation. We were fortunate to have a representative from each of the three communities testify at last year’s hearing, and we are fortunate to have similar representation today,
Witnesses at today’s hearing, including local community leaders and the National Park Service, all spoke in favor of the bill.
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.
Steve Young, Mayor of the City of Kennewick, Washington noted positive economic impacts of this project. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will create jobs and provide an economic development benefit for all three communities. Young also noted that the Manhattan Project National Park is an important way to honor America’s veterans saying, We have unanimity with our sister communities in Oak Ridge and Los Alamos that the Park should be established in the near term in order to honor our Manhattan Project and Cold War veterans.
Fran Berting, County Councilor for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos
Tom Beehan, the Mayor of the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Chairman of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA)