The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has assigned key Departmental programs to the Office of Legacy Management (LM).
The DOE History Program provides historical information and services, supports the DOE Federal Preservation Officer, and offers subject matter expertise for DOE’s historical records and reference material.
The Environmental Justice Program is committed to ensuring that all DOE programs, policies, and activities apply fair treatment and meaningful involvement to all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.
As the Department’s Principal Representative for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, LM is responsible for coordinating with the National Park Service (NPS) and among DOE program offices spread across locations in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, New Mexico.
DOE has one of the richest and most diverse histories in the federal government. Although only in existence since 1977, the Department traces its lineage to the Manhattan Project effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II and to the various energy-related programs that previously had been dispersed throughout various federal agencies.
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental, and commercial operations or policies.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is managed through a collaborative partnership by NPS and DOE to preserve, interpret, and facilitate access to key historical resources associated with the nation’s efforts to produce a deployable atomic weapon during World War II.