|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||8 Jun 2005 00:51:32 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Rocky Flats cleanup|
At the Foot of the Rockies, Cleaning a Radioactive Wasteland|
By HILLARY ROSNER New York Times June 7, 2005
BOULDER, Colo., June 4 - On a tallgrass prairie mesa that seems to float midway between the Denver skyline and the craggy Flatiron foothills, the largest hazardous waste cleanup in American history is entering its final stages.
For more than three decades the mesa was home to Rocky Flats, a high-security, top-secret factory that made plutonium triggers for the government's nuclear arsenal. The plant was shut down in an F.B.I. raid in 1989, and the Energy Department's contractor, Rockwell International, pleaded guilty to illegal dumping of radioactive waste.
Today there are few remaining visual cues to the history of Rocky Flats. The site - at 6,266 acres, nearly half the size of Manhattan - is being turned into a wildlife refuge. When it opens, in 2008 at the earliest, the breezy meadow, populated by deer, hawks, jackrabbits, prairie dogs and coyotes, is to have public space for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/07/science/earth/07flat.html?
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