Newhouse Praises Interior Decision to Maintain Hanford Reach National Monument
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.
“In June, I shared my concerns with Secretary Zinke and the administration that no modifications should be made to the Hanford Reach National Monument,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I am pleased that after today’s report by the Interior Department, this national treasure will continue to be open to public access for future generations to enjoy.”
"The monument review was about hearing local voices and the people of Washington, along with Rep. Newhouse, made it clear where they stand,” said Sec. Zinke. “I'm grateful for their continued participation in the review and look forward to visiting Washington again sometime soon."
President Clinton established the Hanford Reach National Monument in 2000, which includes the last free-flowing, non-tidal stretch of the Columbia River in the U.S., as well as a biologically diverse landscape and wide spectrum of scientific and historic objects. More than 10,000 years of human history are preserved throughout the monument and Hanford Reach is a treasure that merits the protection and preservation provided by its designation as a national monument.
In July, Sec. Zinke announced that the protected status of the Hanford Reach National Monument was no longer under federal review, and that no alterations were to be made to the monument’s boundaries. The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order.