Interior, Energy Departments To Sign Agreement Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DEPT. OF INTERIOR News:

WAHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Nov. 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Department of the Interior South Building Auditorium, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The park will have three locations: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will attend the ceremony along with Senators Martin Heinrich, Lamar Alexander and Maria Cantwell, who represent each of the park’s locations.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

For more than a decade, the Department of Energy and National Park Service, in cooperation with other federal agencies, state and local governments and stakeholders, have worked to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Dec. 19, 2014, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included provisions authorizing the steps to establish the park.

Once signed, the MOA will officially establish Manhattan Project National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park System. The MOA will formally describe how the National Park Service and the Department of Energy will work together to preserve, protect and provide access to the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project.

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