National Park Service Seeks Public Input
As part of the Manhattan Project Sites Special Resource Study, the National Park Service (NPS) will host public open houses on Thursday, January 21 from 2-4pm and from 7-9pm at the Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House in Richland, WA. The NPS will also host public open houses at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos on February 2, 2010 from 11am – 1pm and 5-7pm. These meetings are being held to obtain public input to evaluate the suitability and feasibility of designating one or more sites as units of the National Park System.
The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented, top-secret government program during World War II that was aimed at constructing a nuclear bomb before Nazi Germany. The project resulted in scientific and technological advancements that transformed the role of the United States in the world community and ushered in the atomic age. Operating from December 1942-September 1945, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 workers at its peak.
Currently, there are no nationally designated sites to recognize and interpret the full significance and importance of the Manhattan Project. Congress has directed the Department of the Interior, in consultation with the Department of Energy, to conduct a study for the preservation and interpretation of four historic sites associated with the Manhattan Project. These sites are: Los Alamos National Laboratory and townsite in New Mexico; Hanford Site in Washington; Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee; and sites in Dayton, Ohio.
This study will include a range of alternatives to examine various means of ensuring long team preservation and interpretation of these sites. The study will result in final recommendations to Congress for appropriate levels of National Park Service involvement with these sites. Congress will make the final decision about designation for the sites.
If you would like to provide input about the Manhattan Project to be considered in the special resource study, but are unable to attend one of the public meetings, you may submit your comments by visiting the Manhattan Project Sites Special Resource Study website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/mapr. The public comment period is open until March 1, 2010. Questions should be directed to Carla McConnell, project manager, at (303) 969-2287.
The Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House is located at 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352. Fuller Lodge is located at 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544. These open houses are designed for the public to drop-in and comment. Attendees do not need to stay for the entire two hours.