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Hastings Gets B Reactor Recommended for Parks Designation

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WASHINGTON- The landmarks committee for the National Parks Advisory Board recommends Hanford's B Reactor for historic landmark status.

It's being called a big step toward turning the historic reactor into some sort of museum.

Congressman Doc Hastings testified in front of the Commission Wednesday, saying the biggest problem so far is funding for the museum project.

The Department of Energy controls the Reactor, but can't use cleanup funds to preserve it.

This new designation should open up new funding sources.

"This designation allows for more opportunities to get funding to make it, make it more attractive in a variety of different ways," the Congressman said. 

The approval means the full parks board will now review the proposal.

If they approve, the final decision is up to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

Senator Patty Murray also issued a statement on the decision, calling it a "true step forward."