H.R. 5987, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act

July 26, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on July 11, 2012

H.R. 5987 would establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park from eligible sites in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington. Within one year of enactment, the legislation would require the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy to finalize the boundaries of the proposed park and to complete an agreement specifying how each department would administer properties included in it. H.R. 5987 also would require the National Park Service (NPS) to complete a general management plan for the park within three years after funds have been made available.

The final costs of implementing H.R. 5987 would depend on which lands are chosen for inclusion in the new park unit. Based on information from the NPS, CBO estimates that including all eligible sites would cost $21 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Cost would be lower if fewer sites were included. Enacting H.R. 5987 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 5987 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.