The NPS posts for comment the draft Memorandum of Agreement between DOE and NPS on its Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site. The Park Service also provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions and maps with the initial properties to be included in the park.
The joint DOE/NPS team meets at the Hanford Site in the second of three site visits. The group tours the B Reactor, the T Plant reprocessing canyon, and the four Pre-Manhattan Project eligible areas. The group also talks with current and former workers, meets with community officials and the area’s National Park Advocacy Committee, hosts an open house for the public, and meets with area Tribes.
The joint DOE/NPS team meets in Oak Ridge in the first of three site visits. The group does a day-long tour of the Oak Ridge Reservation’s three sites, visiting the “eligible areas” for inclusion in the park as cited in the Defense act. The team also has several opportunities to meet and get to know the community and its leaders. The park service members receive an especially warm and appreciative welcome as the first visible sign of the new park.
Welcome to the National Park Service and Department of Energy’s information page for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
About the Park
For over a decade, the Department of Energy and National Park Service, in cooperation with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders, pursued the possibility of including the Department’s most significant Manhattan Project properties within a Manhattan Project national park. After numerous studies and several draft bills, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included provisions authorizing the Park. President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law on December 19, 2014.
The Defense Act establishes the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park Service no later than one year after enactment. Prior to establishing the park, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy are required by the act to enter into an agreement defining the respective roles and responsibilities of the departments in administering the park. The agreement will include provisions for enhanced public access, management, interpretation, and historic preservation.