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Photo caption: John Longenecker and William “Ike” White cutting the ribbon for the exhibit; Parker Arecchi leading guests on a guided tour through the new exhibit.
(Photos Courtesy of National Atomic Testing Museum).
PHOTOS, VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: NATIONAL ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM DEBUTS NEW EXHIBIT “BEYOND THE MANHATTAN PROJECT: CLEANING UP THE LEGACY OF AMERICA’S NUCLEAR DEFENSE AND RESEARCH MISSIONS”
New Exhibit Created in Partnership with the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management
On Tuesday, August 2, The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) debuted a brand-new joint exhibit created in partnership with the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) titled “Beyond the Manhattan Project: Cleaning up the Legacy of America’s Nuclear Defense and Research Missions.” The exhibit details the critical work EM does to clean up various sites impacted by five decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
In addition to showcasing how the cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites is completed, the new exhibit will also increase public awareness of how EM cooperates with local communities to ensure the health and safety of the public and workforce in the United States.
To celebrate this new exhibit, attendees were invited to the grand opening event which included a ribbon cutting, an exclusive guided tour of the exhibit and guest reception. Guests also explored the array of artifacts and equipment on display, watched a demonstration showing the hydrogeologic principles at play in groundwater systems and enjoyed light refreshments.
“We are thrilled with the positive reception from the grand opening event and look forward to welcoming museum guests to this brand-new, one-of-a-kind exhibit,” said Joseph Kent, director of education for the National Atomic Testing Museum. “We hope guests not only leave with extensive knowledge of the history of nuclear testing but also understand the extenuating measures taken to ensure proper cleanup of such nuclear tests.”
The following speakers presented opening remarks at the grand opening of “Beyond the Manhattan Project: Cleaning up the Legacy of America’s Nuclear Defense and Research Missions.”
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) mission is to address the nation’s Cold War environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. This legacy includes some of the world’s most dangerous radioactive sites with large amounts of radioactive wastes, spent nuclear fuel (SNF), excess plutonium and uranium, thousands of contaminated facilities, and contaminated soil and groundwater. Created in 1989, EM has the responsibility for completing the cleanup of this Cold War legacy and managing the remaining nuclear materials.
ABOUT NATIONAL ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM
The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) is operated and maintained by its parent company, the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation (NTSHF), an IRS 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization chartered in Nevada. NATM is one of 37 museums designated as an Affiliate Partner of the Smithsonian Institution and is a repository for one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history in the world. Covering nuclear history beginning with the first test at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951, NATM’s exhibitions and programming also address current affairs related to the nuclear industry. For more information, go to www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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