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Rep. Hastings introduces bill to ensure public access to Rattlesnake Mountain

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NORTH OF RICHLAND, Wash.--  Representative Doc Hastings wants the public to have access to the top of Rattlesnake Mountain.

The Congressman introduced legislation on the house floor that would ensure more public access to the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Currently, the US Fish and Wildlife service has the summit of Rattlesnake roped off, under the direction of the Department of the Interior. 

Rep. Hastings says it's not fair the public can't go there.  He explains, "These lands belong to the American people and should be accessible to the public to enjoy.  I've been to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain and it provides unparalleled views of the Monument, Hanford, and the Columbia River, and everybody should have an opportunity to appreciate that."

The bill now heads to the House Natural Resource Committee, of which Rep. Hastings is a member.