Hanford’s B Reactor part of historic designation

RICHLAND - U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) recently applauded news that federal legislation to create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015.

The agreement reached between House and Senate negotiators would create the new park, preserving the Hanford’s B Reactor, along with sites in Tennessee and New Mexico.

The bill now heads to the House and Senate for consideration, said Cantwell, who has been a Senate leader on bipartisan legislation to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

“Congress passing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will allow millions of Americans to better understand the tremendous scientific achievements of men and women at Hanford,” said Cantwell.

“This legislation would provide a shot in the arm for the Tri-Cities tourism economy. Today, we are one step closer to finally giving the Hanford B Reactor the recognition it deserves as a National Historical Park.”

The B Reactor is currently designated as a National Historic Landmark. Elevating the B Reactor’s status to a National Historical Park would ensure it will not be torn down.


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