Tag Archives: Rocky Flats

Listen: “Origin Stories” via Orion

by APRIL TIERNEY Over two years ago, my mother died from lung cancer at sixty-one years old. While she never smoked, she did grow up downwind from Rocky Flats, a major nuclear weapons complex which manufactured plutonium triggers from 1952-1989. Located fifteen … Continue reading

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Dangerous radioactive hot particles span the globe via Beyond Nuclear International

By Cindy Folkers When reactors exploded and melted down at the Fukushima nuclear power complex in March 2011, they launched radioactivity from their ruined cores into the unprotected environment.  Some of this toxic radioactivity was in the form of hot … Continue reading

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Numerous questions surround discovery of plutonium in Rocky Flats soil sample via Denver ABC

By: Lance Hernandez DENVER – The founders of an organization representing people who grew up near Rocky Flats say the refuge should be closed and the planned Jefferson Parkway put on hold, following a soil test sample showing elevated levels of … Continue reading

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Denver company sues over changes to nuclear workers’ access to care via FOX 31

DENVER — Janet Cook worked in the lab at Rocky Flats for 17 years and is now dealing with a laundry list of health problems. “I see doctors two, three times a week, most the time. That’s my job now, … Continue reading

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Colorado wildlife refuge at old nuclear plant is open – for now via Reuters

Keith Coffman ROCKY FLATS, Colo. (Reuters) – Less than two miles (3 km) from where triggers for thermonuclear weapons were once manufactured and against the backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, a bull elk bugles as he defends his harem of … Continue reading

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The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Power in the U.S. Has Left a Huge Mess via The Atlantic

It was just another day in the life of the defunct Hanford nuclear site, a remote part of Washington State that made most of the plutonium in America’s Cold War arsenal. On the morning of May 9, 2017, alarms sounded. Around 2,000 … Continue reading

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APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup via Miami News Herald

BY DAN ELLIOTTAssociated Press   June 08, 2018 07:44 PM Updated June 08, 2018 07:45 PM DENVER  A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did … Continue reading

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Proposed Rocky Flats Visitor’s Center Renews Debate Over What To Do With Former Nuclear Site via KUNC

Building a visitor center at a wildlife refuge doesn’t sound controversial. But when that refuge is on the site of the security buffer zone of a former nuclear weapons facility, it gets complicated quickly. Unless a federal court intervenes, a … Continue reading

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Advisory board to help sick Rocky Flats workers to meet for first time this week via The Denver Post

15-member board to deal with claims from nuclear facilities in 45 states A federal advisory board designed to help workers sickened while working at former nuclear weapons facilities in the United States, including Rocky Flats west of Denver, get compensation … Continue reading

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The former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant was officially declared cleaned up – or as close to clean as it was going to get – ten years ago. That was fifteen years after the FBI led a pre-dawn raid on … Continue reading

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