Contact: Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email: [email protected]
(NASHVILLE, TN), April 8, 2010 – All members of the State Senate today joined Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) in sponsoring and approving a resolution to urge Congress to include Oak Ridge in any new national park unit being considered in conjunction with the Manhattan Project Sites. The proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 761, comes after the National Park Service recently proposed a Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos, New Mexico.
“More than 60% of the Manhattan Project budget was spent at Oak Ridge,” said Senator McNally. “We are also near the most visited national park in the nation which would draw visitors. The National Park Service should take a second look at this matter, considering these facts and the historic and educational resources already available at the Oak Ridge Laboratory.”
Currently, there are no national parks that preserve Manhattan Project resources or tell the story of the top-secret World War II project that created the world’s first atomic bombs.