2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 20 Aug 2003 18:28:22 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Officials herald cleanup of plutonium at Flats site
Officials herald cleanup of plutonium at Flats site
By Joey Bunch
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 12:00:00 AM MST

In a made-for-TV moment, an orange crane fitted with jaws that made it
look like a dinosaur chewed up the last guard shack at Rocky Flats on
Tuesday to memorialize the month-old departure of the last weapons-grade
plutonium from the former weapons plant.

"This is a great day for Rocky Flats and a great day for Colorado," said
site manager Gene Schmitt.

The milestone was officially recognized Tuesday, when U.S. Sen. Wayne
Allard R-Colo., and Reps. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Bob Beauprez,
R-Colo., could attend and make speeches.

Critics worried the nuclear metals and oxides posed a cancer risk for
workers and a security threat to the nation. The materials are in South
Carolina now, stored at the controversial Savannah River Site.

Beauprez said terrorists now have no need to turn their attention to
Rocky Flats.

Udall said, "Our communities are much safer because this material has
been removed."

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