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Local Contingent Joins Manhattan National Park Conference in Richland, Wash.

on April 25, 2012 - 9:00pm

A contingent of community, business and civic leaders arrived in Richland, Wash., today to confer on the possible inclusion of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford as a unit in the national park system. Participants belong to the Energy Community Alliance and were treated to a local  Richland theater group's performance of the historical skit "Tale of Three Cities" at the conference opening event. The National Park Service, through the Department of the Interior, and in collaboration with the Department of Energy, was directed by Congress to study several Manhattan Project Sites for possible inclusion. The Manhattan Project Sites special resource study has been completed. The Secretary recommends that the park be managed as a partnership between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy. If a national historical park is designated, the National Park Service would work with the Department of Energy, and consult with the public and other stakeholders to produce a management plan for the park. The plan would provide more detail about public use of the sites, the role of the community-based programs, and other management issues. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

In this scene, General Groves lays down the law. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

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