nuclear road
Candelas, one of Colorado’s largest new suburban developments, is part of an alarming trend of forgetting about its neighbor, Rocky Flats– a former Nuclear Weapons Plant & now an active DOE managed Superfund site. When the Rocky Flats weapons plant was in operation, it built plutonium triggers or ‘pits’ for over 70,000 nuclear bombs.
The area in and around the former Nuclear Weapons Plant site has been contaminated with plutonium, uranium, americium, beryllium, and, according to the Department of Labor, over 1,000 other carcinogenic chemicals.
 
Formerly part of a protective no-build zone, the Candelas development has already begun construction and selling homes while a toll-road is slated to be built through Candelas and then over Rocky Flats. There are also beginning plans for a visitor center on the former buffer zone, now wildlife refuge, surrounding the active Nuclear Waste Superfund site at the center.
 
alesya michelle horse anniWe believe Rocky Flats needs to be remembered for what it is with plant workers recognized as the veterans they are. The “wildlife refuge” designation needs to be immediately stripped and NOT opened to the public. We believe the site should be memorialized, calling on artists to help us build permanent structures that speak to the site’s past much the way other historical tragedies are memorialized.  A memorial could also commemorate the workers and neighbors who have been deeply impacted by the legacy of the site.
Optimally, an institution would be created to oversee Rocky Flats and ensure its troubled history is remembered. Particularly in times of natural disasters, we believe someone should be watching Rocky Flats and mediating natural disasters as they arise. Originally we were concerned about the very likely scenario of drought and dust-bowls at Rocky Flats, and the 2013 “1,000-year flood” at the site renews our concern that if drastic scenarios and emergencies arise, there needs to be an impartial group of people that can warn neighbors downwind and downstream. The institute could also do continued testing and initiate long-term testing on radioactivity remediation, focusing on natural solutions. Note, some of that mission has been handed to the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council, but unfortunately, it is largely comprised of governmental stakeholders with financial interests in development of the area around Rocky Flats.
 RADIATION ALERT:
The July 2015 report from the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council reported elevated levels of americium and of plutonium (1.02 pCi/L of Pu; remember “allowable” is .15 pCi/L). The July 2015 report has yet to  be posted to their site but we have it! Check out their July 2015 meeting notes and look for “Contact Record 2015-05”.
 
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3 comments

  1. This exact type of development covering over superfund sites with a few feet of clean soils or mixing clean and contaminated soils to dilute levels of contamination for sampling analysis has been taking place all over metro Denver for 30 + years. They build commercial development over most and what they don’t cover with building footprint the install huge asphalt lots. They have moved to residential development in the last 15 or so years building huge beautiful naborhoods with parks and community shoping… As we older generations pass the memories of what is buried beneath these places will be forgotten but the deformities and cancer rates will stay on the rise but those who suffer will know not why – because our corrupt government and greedy developers will not disclose the real truth. It’s pretty simple people – the developer hires a consulting firm to perform an environmental assessment on the property they wish to purchase for redeveloping, the consultant comes up with a complete history of the property and adjacent properties as well as any possible sources of contamination. The provide selective sampling and put together what’s called a “phase 1 environmental assessment”. So the phase one will support the government’s sale of these “contaminated superfund sites at a reduced price to developers with “stipulations” attached to the purchase to clean up the site to “EPA Standards” prior to development of the properties. So to make a book into a short story these development groups are made up of Politicians, environmental consultants, and developers who pay each other to make the entire process look clean and legal, when all they actually did was cover over the ugly scars our government created with beautiful new buildings and grass and roads, and parks so the public perceptions of the area is hanged and the problem forgotten. The most damdable part is the public pays for the entire process in purchasing these bottom dollar properties for premium dollars upon completion of the bandaid development… Please do not use my name if you repost this as I could be in harm’s way as a result.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Anon!
      It is infuriating and scaring what is happening over there and we hope we can preserve some of the stories of people like you, so that the truth and history of Rocky Flats is not forgotten.

      Keep sharing your opinions and knowledge of the site!
      Thanks again,
      CG

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