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It Happened Here: President Bill Clinton creates Hanford Reach National Monument in 2000

Posted on AllSides June 16th, 2024
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When you say “Hanford” in Washington state, it elicits images of either the Manhattan Project or the subsequent ecological disaster on the banks of the Columbia. But for 24 years, the Hanford Reach National Monument has been preserved as a wildlife refuge and one of the few remaining untamed stretches of the Columbia River. President Bill Clinton designated the 195,000-acre site — a 51-mile stretch of the Columbia River going from below Priest Rapids Dam to Richland — as a national monument, following years of efforts to protect the area...

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