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High Hopes for Hanford's B Reactor National Park with New Interior Secretary Taking Over

RICHLAND, Wash.-  Supporters have high hopes for Hanford's historic B Reactor becoming a national park with a new Interior Secretary taking over.

President Obama recently selected REI President and CEO Sally Jewell to oversee federal national parks and public lands.

B Reactor supporters previously hoped Secretary Ken Salazar would have had the new park formed after his recommendation to congress, but supporters ran out of time to get legislation passed last year.

TRIDEC President and CEO, Carl Adrian says he's hopeful to get it passed with Jewell.

"From a Tri-Cities standpoint, we've been working so hard with Congressman Hastings on getting the Manhattan Project National Park bill through the Congress and having somebody from our state that may be familiar with the B-Reactor and these efforts, I think it's a positive," said Adrian.

Current Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar is stepping down in March.

Jewell comes from Washington and is a University of Washington graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

She has earned national recognition for her environmental stewardship at REI, which is a Washington based company that sells outdoor clothing and gear.