Hanford B Reactor a Step Closer to Becoming National Park

Signing ceremony for Manhattan Project park on Nov. 10 in DC

Hanford’s B reactor is one step closer to becoming a national park.

The U.S. House Rules Committee releasing the annual bill authorizing military policy overnight.

Included in that bill is language that would create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park which includes sites at Hanford; Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The B reactor was the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor and created the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, which ended World War II and ushered in the atomic age.

The House is expected to vote on the bill this week and the Senate is expected to consider the bill next week.