A controversial bid has come to Congress proposing the establishment of national parks in three US regions that once housed top-secret research sites for the Manhattan Project, according to NPR.
The Manhattan Project, a WWII operation responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb, largely took place in Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash. Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed soon after the first atomic bomb was tested at the N.M. site in July of 1945.
The New York Times reports that national parks are being pushed in order to preserve the historical remnants of the sites, including a small log cabin in N.M. which served as an administrative base where it was discovered that splitting atoms could harness enormous amounts of energy.
NPR reports that construction crews at Los Alamos National Laboratory are already doing historical restoration on site buildings. But, if parks were to be established, visitors likely wouldn't have direct access to "restricted sites" where weapon research is still underway.