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Park Service Visits Hanford to Work on Manhattan National Park

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RICHLAND, WA- The idea of a national park at Hanford has been nine years in the making.

This week, some high ranking national park service leaders made their way out to Richland to visit the site. The T-plant and B reactor at Hanford are one of three sites across the nation that will make up the Manhattan Project National Park.

A 17 person team with the park service is working with the Department of Energy to figure out how to manage the land that has three different sites. Peggy O'Dell with the National Park Service said that is the most challenging part.

Now, they are in town to settle an agreement with DOE about the roles and responsibilities of each team.

"When the National Park Service Arrowhead goes up and we open the site to more access, that will definitely attract a wider range of visitors. I think it will open that story up to people who haven't had the opportunity to even think about that before," explained Peggy O'Dell, Deputy Director of Operations at the National Park Service.

All of the park members and DOE employees working on the project are wearing pins that are a re-created piece of Hanford history. 130,000 employees wore something similar to when the U.S. Secretary of War gave out pins in 1945 at the beginning of the atomic age.

The next step DOE and the National Park Service will take is planning out the short and long term management of new public land.

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