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March 10 Daily News editorial
Perhaps the only way to get the federal government serious about cleaning up the nuclear waste at Hanford is to make the place a national park.
That seems to be the idea behind proposal revived Thursday by U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., They want to create a multi-state “Manhattan Project National Historic Park” that would feature three sites that played central roles in the United States’ development of atomic weapons during World War II — the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the national laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos, N.M.
The senators, like us, may have reached the conclusion that the only way to compel the federal government to decontaminate one of the nation’s most toxic sites is to create a park and invite thousands of people to visit it. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced their immediate support. Both of New Mexico’s senators are also on board.