PASCO, Wash.-- Congressman introduces Rattlesnake Mountain bill. Doc Hastings has submitted a bill to the Natural Resources Committee that would allow people to visit the top of Rattlesnake Mountain. The summit is 3,600 feet. Hastings does not expect the opening to cost much in federal funds.
Congressman Hastings says "there should be no immediate costs but as to the agreements to be forged between the Department of Energy and the other entities. There may be come costs associated with that but I do not think they are deal breakers at all."
U.S. Fish and Wildlife manages the Hanford Monument area and right now no one is allowed on top of the mountain.
He believes opening the mountain for public use will create a boost in tourism for hiking, sightseeing and other outdoor activities.