The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) reports that April 30, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was included as an amendment to the House FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness added the amendment.
The full House will probably consider the NDAA during the week of May 19. The Senate is expected to consider the NDAA in the fall, probably after the Congressional elections.
Last year, the Senate dropped the amendment over lack of agreement on what additional public lands bills might be added to create a “package” of bills. With several months to go, the Atomic Heritage Foundation is hopeful that some agreement can be reached so that the Manhattan Project National Historical Park can be enacted this year.
AHF will continue to work in collaboration with our partners in the local communities, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, TRIDEC, and the Energy Communities Alliance to see the bill passed and the park established.
The Atomic Heritage Foundation expressed appreciation for the leadership of Rep. Doc Hastings for spearheading the effort to pass the bill in the House and to Chairman Buck McKeon and the Armed Services Committee for agreeing to include the bill in the House NDAA.