A revised and final report that makes recommendations on Hanford's historic B Reactor is expected to be delivered to Congress at January's end by the National Park Service working with the Department of Energy.
By then, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., will be chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which will receive the park service's recommendations on a possible Manhattan Project Historical Park and whether to include B Reactor.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee also will receive the report.
A year ago, the park service released a Draft Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment of Manhattan Project Sites. It looked at Manhattan Project sites for possible inclusion in a Manhattan Project Historical Park or other preservation.
However, it concluded that only part of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory National Landmark District in New Mexico should be considered. It excluded not only B Reactor, but also historic facilities at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge, Tenn., site, although the park service might be willing to play a limited role at the sites.
The park service has been urged during a public comment period to expand possible plans for a Manhattan Project park when it releases its final report.
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