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Bill in Congress to Make Manhattan Project National Historic Park

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NEAR HANFORD, Wash.-- Hopefully, the second time will be the charm. Congressman Doc Hastings is once again proposing legislation to make Hanford's B Reactor part of a Manhattan Project National Park.

Congressman Hastings has introduced the bipartisan legislation again after it failed to pass last year.

The bill would establish a Manhattan Project National Park that would include facilities at Hanford.

Hastings wants the national historic park distinction to preserve the history of the project and provide greater access to the public.

Several local organizations support the bill and say the new park status would attract tourism dollars and educate more people about the rich history of Hanford.

"It's an engineering marvel. It touches a whole bunch of different things. So making it a national park I think kind of puts it top of mind in terms of people thinking about the community and people thinking about coming here," said Carl Adrian, President of TRIDEC.

Tri-Cities supporters and local politicians pledge to continue supporting this bill in congress. Last year, the bill did not receive the two-thirds majority vote needed to pass.

The bill calls for the park to be established within one year.