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Home News Manhattan Project Historical Park Takes Big Step Toward Realization
On Nov. 10, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The agreement governs how the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) will work together to preserve, protect, and provide access to the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project at locations in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and the Hanford Site in Washington.
The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which tells the story of people, events, science, and engineering that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, the role these weapons played in World War II, and how the role of the United States in global affairs has evolved in the nuclear age.
The purpose of the agreement is to identify the facilities and areas under DOE’s administrative jurisdiction that will initially be included in the park, and to establish a broad framework for the management and interpretation of those facilities and areas.
Read much more from the Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/articles/interior-and-energy-departments-formally-establish-manhattan-project-national-historical-0 And the Department of the Interior: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-and-energy-departments-formally-establish-manhattan-project-national
The ACHP commends the agencies on this new park and notes its involvement through the Section 106 process through the years as the sites were reviewed, and future plans for decontaminating or demolishing were discussed. See the Section 106 Success Story here: http://www.achp.gov/docs/Section106SuccessStory_ManhattanProject.pdf