For forty years, 1952 to 1992, Rocky Flats, an area between Denver and Boulder Colorado, was a nuclear weapons production facility that manufactured plutonium triggers used in nuclear weapons. Over the years, Rocky Flats had numerous documented plutonium spills, fires, radioactive leaks, and releases of plutonium into the atmosphere. In 1988 the Department of Energy (DOE) called Rocky Flats' ground water the single greatest environmental hazard at any of its nuclear facilities. In 1992, it announced that 61 pounds of plutonium lined the exhaust ductwork in six buildings on the site.
The site was closed in 2006. The cleanup effort decommissioned and demolished over 800 structures; removed over 21 tons of weapons-grade material; removed over 1.3 million cubic meters of waste; and, treated more than 16 million gallons of water. Specifics about the cleanup and testing of the area have not been made fully public.
Today, the 1,300-acre core of the Rocky Flats area is a contaminated "Superfund" site. Incredibly, the 4,000 acres surrounding the Superfund site like a doughnut, have been designated by Congress as the ‘Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.’ Scientists, academics, local organizations, and citizens are working to keep the Refuge closed and to ‘Keep Kids Off Rocky Flats.’
Add your name to two petitions: the first is to keep the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge closed, and the second, if the Refuge is opened, asks local school boards to not authorize or sponsor any school related activities at the Refuge. Click here to sign both petitions. Please share the petitions with friends and colleagues via social media.
Learn more: Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship