Hanford nuclear park bill fails in US House

Hanford nuclear park bill fails in US House
In this April 3, 2008 file photo, a sign warns of radiation on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash. In a remote pocket of the Northwest, World War II weapons production and storage built a booming economy that continued through the Cold War and into cleanup and disposal of nerve gas, plutonium and radioactive waste. Those activities are wrapping up at northeast Oregon's Umatilla Chemical Depot and southeast Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, meaning a change for a region whose economy has long been fueled by federal dollars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Legislation that would have made Hanford's B Reactor part of a national park recognizing the development of nuclear weapons failed to pass on a vote Thursday in the U.S. House.

Congressman Doc Hastings says the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act is not dead and could pass before the end of the year on another vote. It would include Manhattan Project sites in Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Tri-City Herald reports Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio spoke against the bill in debate Wednesday, calling the proposed park a celebration of nuclear weapons.

The B Reactor was the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor and created plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II.

The Senate has yet to consider a companion bill.