- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Threes sites of the Manhattan Project are a step closer to becoming a national park managed jointly by two federal agencies.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1JuTppc) the atomic bomb was designed and tested in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. Los Alamos and cities in Tennessee and Washington will make up the future Manhattan Project National Historic Park.

The National Park Service and the Department of Energy released an agreement Tuesday to manage the project together.

A bill introduced by former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman in 2004 prompted the push for the park, which he says is an important part of world and American history.

Los Alamos Study Group co-founder Greg Mello says the project debases the idea behind national parks.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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