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2. Should Congress create a new national historical park that would include Hanford's B Reactor?

Editor's note: The candidates' responses to the following question are exactly as submitted, without any editing.

2. Should Congress create a new national historical park that would include Hanford's B Reactor?

Estakio Beltran -- We must honor historic achievements that were accomplished here in the Tri-Cities, the ramifications of which resonated across the globe. This world would look drastically different without the sacrifices of those at Hanford. It is part of our proud American heritage and should be recognized with a national historical park.

George Cicotte -- The B Reactor is an historic site that is a great heritage and tribute to our area's sacrifice and dedication. It would make a wonderful national historical park. When we couple the B Reactor with the Hanford REACH, we will have a robust educational asset in our community that will benefit the entire 4th District and our region as a whole.

Clint Didier -- Candidate has not provided a response.

Janea Holmquist -- I will combine my answers to 2 and 3.

Congressman Hastings was able to pass an amendment to the House version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that would authorize the new national park (Manhattan Heritage Project) and convert approximately 1,641 acres of excess Hanford reservation land for private industrial development. This would be an appropriate use of this land after Hanford's cleanup is deemed complete.

While I hope this Act passes under Doc's watch, if it doesn't I will push for this proposal in the next Congress.

Both converting Hanford acreage to local control for private industrial development and including Hanford in the Manhattan Heritage Project translates into economic development and job creation for our region.

Regarding the Manhattan Heritage Project, the Park Service estimates that our current annual 10,000 tourists visiting Hanford would increase to at least 100,000 tourists. Just think of the ripple effect of this economic stimulation as these same tourists visit our restaurants, hotels and retail businesses!

This proposal will create jobs, and we will find that the resulting increased economic activity from the park and industrial development will increase federal, state, and local revenues without having to raise taxes.

Kevin Midbust -- No, it should, at most, be the state that makes that decision. Though, I do believe that it would be best for a private entity to buy up the land and create their own historical park out of it if they desire.

Dan Newhouse -- Yes. B reactor is an important part of our nation's history. Allowing the public to access this one-of-a-kind facility and learn first-hand about the important role Hanford played in our nation's defense for so many years would be a public benefit, and would actually be less expensive than cocooning and monitoring B Reactor for decades.

Gordon Allen Pross -- Yes

Josh Ramirez -- Yes

Tony Sandoval -- No. Congress needs to focus on the Hanford Clean-Up project first before another project is started. Depending on the new budget it may not even be conducive to initiate such project at this time.

Gavin Seim -- No.

Glen R. Stockwell -- 1st. I realize there is Bipartisan support from Doc, Patty, Maria, and other Washington Representatives and the local Chambers, EDC groups and etc. to create a park at this site. It is too bad these same Representatives will not take the time to form a "Washington State Bipartisan Green Team approach" and complete the Snake River, Columbia Basin and the Yakima Basin Projects and we could have them completed by 2022 and have new employment in excess of 4,500 jobs!

I will form this Bipartisan approach when elected to Congress!

2nd. It could be if it is cost effective and doesn't depend on the Taxpayers to fund it with any federal or state.

3rd. Furthermore, I don't understand how intelligent it is to bring tourist to the most toxic location on earth and possibly some tourist may travel to the site to detonate a bomb to create a news story and get their 15 minutes of fame?

Richard Wright -- Candidate has not provided a response.

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