Alexander Cosponsors Legislation to Preserve Manhattan Project Sites as National Historical Park

Bill would include several historically significant sites at Oak Ridge including Beta-3 racetracks and Alpha Calutron magnets at Y-12

Posted on June 14, 2012

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored a bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) that would turn several Manhattan Project sites, including areas of Oak Ridge, into a National Historical Park.

 

“The Manhattan Project is one of the most significant events in American history and these sites deserve to be a national park. I am glad to cosponsor this bill and look forward to working with Sen. Bingaman to make changes before it can become law, including making sure that there is enough flexibility in the legislation so that examples of the Alphabet housing and Jackson Square can be appropriately recognized as part of the park.”

 

In 2004, Sen. Alexander cosponsored the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Study Act which directed the Department of Interior to conduct a study of the Manhattan Project sites for potential inclusion in the National Park System. Two years ago, the Interior Department recommended the creation of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with units at Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and Hanford.


National Historical Parks are part of the national park system and are commonly areas that are larger and more complex than national historic sites.

 

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