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Hanford site could become part of a national historic park

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HANFORD, Wash. -- On Wednesday, the house natural resources committee approved a bill which would give Hanford's B reactor along with two other sites , natural historic park status.

The action is a first step in what local leaders like Gary Petersen of the Tri-City Development COuncil say would bring jobs and millions in tourism dollars to the area, "It becomes a huge, huge invitation list for people to come out to Hanford."

According to the Department of Energy, 8,000 people visited Hanford last year. National park status and advertising could raise that to 50,000 visitors.

Under the bill, the Manhattan National Historic Park must be established within one year. The next step will be to introduce the bill before the full house for a vote.

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