Rocky Flats - From plutonium trigger factory to wildlife preserve
February 17, 2014 12:39 AM Subscribe
wants to better inform Colorado residents about the history of the Rocky Flats Plutonium processing facility and recommends this brief YouTube documentary
as an introductory primer.
Many residents of Arvada, Colorado and other surrounding cities are well aware of the existence of the nearby Rocky Flats Plant and its connection by way of Woman Creek [pdf]
, which runs through the plant property and feeds Arvada's Standley Lake reservoir, a source of municipal drinking water for several cities. The subject of the plant's existence butting up against the suburbs is often made light of despite many accidents over the years, which have dissipated
plutonium throughout surrounding
During a recent talk in Broomfield, Colorado, Kristen recommended the aforementioned YouTube video while discussing her combined biographical and documentary book, Full Body Burden
. Her talk covered the overall history of Rocky Flats, from its ill-chosen location in an extremely windy location overseeing developing residential areas (which grew in part due to employment provided by the plant), to the cloak of secrecy kept over the plant's existence, the profound lethality of plutonium, the various accidents and fires over the years, and the failure to achieve closure in the case of nearby residents and plant workers who contracted various forms of cancers and thyroid diseases.
Black Circle, an Obscure Find on the topic from 1982
A sealed grand jury report mentioned in Iversen's book - veracity unknown