WASHINGTON, D.C.- The
congressman representing the Tri-Cities says it isn't a matter of if, but when
Hanford's B-reactor will become part of a national historic park.
Doc Hastings chairs the
Natural Resources Committee that held a hearing Friday on Hastings' bill to
establish the Manhattan National Historic Park.
Kennewick Mayor Steve
Young testified at the
hearing. Young told house members the workers who built the B-reactor were
among the most talented in their respective fields.
stayed on the job and their communities long after 1945," Young told the
committee. "These are the engineering feats and
accomplishments that must be told to future generations, and it needs to be
told before all of those old timers are gone."
It took Hanford workers eleven
months to build the B-reactor, which produced the nuclear materials for the
bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on august 13,1945.
The national park would also include the government facilities at Oak
Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico, which were also involved in the Manhattan
The bill failed to get a two-thirds majority in the last congress, but Hastings told committee members he believes he has the support to pass the bill.