Tiny step closer to national park in Oak Ridge

Y-12 historian Ray Smith distributed an e-mail today saying there’s progress being made in the effort to create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which would include Oak Ridge in the multi-site endeavor.
Smith wrote: “Skip Gosling, DOE Historian, has confirmed that Deputy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman, on March 8, 2011, signed a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis concurring on the draft Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The study recommends a multi-site park in Hanford, WA, Los Alamos, NM, and Oak Ridge, TN.”

Smith added: “We still have a ways to go until the park becomes a reality. Next steps will be for the NPS to submit the study to Congress. Then legislation will have to be proposed to form the park. Next will come a NPS Management Study. This concurrence letter is a good step and confirms DOE’s intent to continue to maintain ownership of the facilities. However, there is still much work to do before we see the reality of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, TN!”

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