2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: lsiegel@cpeo.org
Date: 13 Oct 2005 20:13:41 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Rocky Flats (CO) history
Nuke plant on prairie manufactures history

By Kevin Vaughan
Rocky Mountain News (CO)
October 13, 2005

It rose from a rock-strewn mesa at the foot of the Rocky Mountains,
shrouded in secrecy and barbed wire - a concrete city where workers in
funny-looking suits and thick rubber gloves carried out top-secret work. 

For five decades, it stood on the high ground that gave it a name - the
Rocky Flats - even as it was buffeted by jittery neighbors with safety
questions, by protesters, by politicians. 

Within its carefully guarded perimeter fences, an army of scientists and
engineers took metals with exotic names - plutonium, uranium, beryllium
- and fashioned weapons designed to obliterate life on Earth. 

It was a factory, pure and simple, a steel and concrete city that
churned out thousands of nuclear bombs used as the triggers in the most
lethal weapons ever made by man. And now, 15 years after the last bomb
left Rocky Flats, it has been swept from the earth in the biggest
environmental cleanup of its kind. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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