2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:24:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Rocky Flats (CO) water contamination
DOE group to cover Rocky Flats changes
Broomfield among cities raising red flags about proposal

Joe Rubino
Broomfield Enterprise (CO)
November 27, 2010

The Department of Energy next month will host the first in a series of meetings designed to reconcile its planned modifications at Rocky Flats with concerns about water contamination being voiced by surrounding communities, including Broomfield.

Federal cleanup efforts costing nearly $7 billion were completed in October 2005 at Rocky Flats, a former nuclear weapons production plant. Since then, nearly 4,000 acres of the property have been transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and have become the Rocky Flats Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The remaining 1,309 acres that were most heavily radiated during weapons production and 929 acres of active mining claims have remained under DOE control.

Nuclear bomb components were built at Rocky Flats until the plant was shut down in 1994. The 6,200-acre site is southwest of the intersection of Indiana Street and Colo. 128, just across the Broomfield-Jefferson County border.

Fears about radioactive material harming nearby residents have been an ongoing source of concern since the 1970s, when radioactive contaminants were found in Great Western Reservoir, which then supplied Broomfield's drinking water. Since the early 1990s, Broomfield has obtained water from Denver Water and from sources on the Western Slope that are stored in reservoirs in Larimer County.


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Lenny Siegel
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