More information is trickling out about the BEP's potential move out of Washington, D.C. Here's a report from a local radio station. -Editor
The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing has been printing U.S. currency in the District for well over a century and is a popular destination for D.C.
tourists, but it may move to Maryland.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is evaluating a 100-acre site on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince
George's County as a potential location for a new production facility.
The new facility would house all operations for printing U.S. paper currency and other federal security products.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has partnered with the USDA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of the site.
There is no timeline for the bureau's evaluation process, though it will include soliciting input from the public and government officials.
In addition to D.C., the engraving and printing bureau has a production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
Its original D.C. headquarters and production facility, at 14th and B Street, SW, just off Independence Avenue, opened in 1880. The modern day operations
remain located in two buildings.
One day my GPS system routed me through the Beltsville USDA site and I was amazed at the buccolic hidden stretch of farmland just minutes from the Capitol
Beltway. There is certainly room there for a large facility, but it could mean a big loss to the landscape. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Popular tourist stop Bureau of
Engraving and Printing may move to Maryland
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
LOOSE CHANGE: MARCH 31, 2019 : BEP To Build New D.C. Facility
Wayne Homren, Editor
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