Founded in 2013, our focus remains on raising awareness of the ongoing radioactive dangers at Rocky Flats, while advocating for active and responsible stewardship of the site and the surrounding areas. Candelas Glows/Rocky Flats Glows seeks to keep the memory of the site’s history alive while advocating for the open acknowledgment of the hazards still present. They remain committed to working to inform communities both near Rocky Flats and beyond, of risks the site poses to human health, as well as working with local and federal government agencies and officials. In the tradition of nuclear guardianship, we look to memorialize the site, while honoring workers who put their lives on the line when the plant was in operation; and acknowledge the residents in the area who have suffered from the contamination of the site. We hope to convert Rocky Flats from a refuge and recreation area to sacrifice zone that remains closed for the safety and protection of current and future residents and Colorado visitors.
We became involved after learning about Candelas, one of Colorado’s largest new suburban developments, and its part of an alarming trend of forgetting about its neighbor, Rocky Flats– a former Nuclear Weapons Plant & now an active Department of Energy (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. Our work is about raising awareness about the history of the site and all the developments in the area, from housing, schools and malls, to toll-roads, visitor centers and trails. Let’s put public health 1st.
So this is not just about Candelas. We 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 for recreation. 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.
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