They won't be allowed anywhere near the nation's largest collection of toxic radioactive waste.
"Everything is clean and perfectly safe," said Colleen French, the US Department of Energy's program manager for the Hanford park. "Any radioactive materials are miles away."
The Manhattan Project National Historic Park, signed into existence in November, also includes sites at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. The Manhattan Project is the name for the US effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II.
The park will tell the story of those workers, plus the scientists who performed groundbreaking research and the residents who were displaced, said Chip Jenkins of the
National Park Service, which is jointly developing the park with the Energy Department. "The intention of the park is to tell the full and complex and convoluted story," Jenkins said. That story is still being developed, but will certainly include a Japanese perspective, he said.
"What happened at B Reactor changed the course of human history," Jenkins said. "They went from sparsely populated ranching communities to the first packet of plutonium over the course of 18 months."



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