|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 13, 2011|
|Contact:||Lindsay Bartsh, NPCA, 415-847-1768
Sean Smith, NPCA, 206-818-4041
Parks Group Supports Efforts to Create a New Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Statement by NPCA Policy Director Sean Smith
"We thank Sec. Salazar and Sen. Bingaman for their efforts to see that a Manhattan Project National Historical Park be established, allowing for park rangers to tell the story of atomic energy and deepening our understanding and appreciation of our national history.
“Creating this park provides an opportunity to tell and interpret an incredibly important piece of American and world history, and to allow contemporary society to better understand the pros and cons of the complex and difficult decision to use the bomb.
“Creating three different units of this park at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Hanford in Washington, and Los Alamos in New Mexico, will likely stimulate these local economies. Research shows that national parks generate $4 in value for every federal dollar invested in them. Further, visitors to national parks spend more than $11 billion annually in the local regions of the parks.
“We look forward to working with the Atomic Heritage Foundation, local residents near all three sites, and Congressman Hastings to ensure this park becomes a reality."