Congressman Chuck Fleischmann hosted Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), in a visit to Oak Ridge, TN today. The Congressmen toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park, and the Y-12 National Security Complex.
Rep. Hastings is Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Representing a Washington state district with a history of nuclear production, Chairman Hastings established the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus in 1995 to promote the cleanup of Manhattan Project sites including Oak Ridge.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Chairman Hastings to Oak Ridge, so that he can see firsthand the invaluable work we are doing in the Environmental Management of nuclear programs. With the Hanford site in Rep. Hastings' hometown, he understands firsthand how Environmental Management is vitally important to communities like ours with long term cleanup responsibilities from years of national security work.
"I also appreciate Rep. Hastings' strong support for a Manhattan Project National Historic Park, which would honor the thousands of men and women who worked tirelessly to help end World War II," Fleischmann said.
"Congressman Fleischmann has been an important ally in the effort to clean up nuclear facilities across our nation. Facilities such as Oak Ridge and Hanford have been vital to our national security, I appreciate his hard work on this issue, and I look forward to working with him to honor the legacy of those who worked on the Manhattan Project," Hastings said.
Rep. Hastings is a strong advocate for a Manhattan Project National Historic Park, which is under Natural Resources Committee jurisdiction and recently drafted legislation to make the park a reality. The park would include numerous Oak Ridge sites such as the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, the massive K-25 building site and the Y-12 calutrons if enacted into law. Hastings' district is home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a commercial nuclear power plant and the Hanford site. Hanford is a former nuclear weapons production complex and is now a major nuclear cleanup site.