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Manhattan Project Park still possible

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History > Supporters make second attempt to push bill through Congress

By Arin McKenna

All hope was not lost as bills to create the Manhattan Project National Historic Park stalled in Congress last session.
The legislation appears to have a new lease on life and supporters are optimistic about the chances of seeing a new national park by the end of the current session.

The proposed park would encompass historical sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., and together they tell the story of the secret project to build the first atomic weapons during World War II.

New Mexico’s recently retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D) sponsored the bill in the Senate last session. Bingaman was chair of the Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources, where bills regarding public lands receive a first hearing.

The committee’s new chair, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), has expressed support for the proposed park in the past.

Supporters were also excited to learn that newly elected Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who voted for the bill as a member of the House last session, was named to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


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