Ensure Plutonium Levels are Managed Properly at Nuclear Weapons Production Facility

Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Halt construction on the Jefferson Parkway until unsafe plutonium levels are managed properly

Rocky Flats, the infamous nuclear weapons production facility in Golden, Colorado, has once again become to subject over a fierce debate between concerned environmentalists and developers.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to sell part of the land for the construction of the Jefferson Parkway has been met with opposition by environmental groups who cite the dangerously high levels of plutonium in the soil.  Tell the US Fish and Wildlife Service that until Rocky Flats is fully cleaned up, a highway is out of the question.

Ever since it’s opening in the 1950s, Rocky Flats has come under intense scrutiny by environmentalists and government agencies alike for the high levels of radiation present at the site, the result of years of improper waste disposal and safety infractions.  In the 1990s, cleanup of the site finally began and the site was converted to a wildlife refuge and transferred ownership to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  However, the recent proposal to use part of Rocky Flats to build Jefferson Parkway led an environmental group to do soil testing at the site.  Despite the EPA and USFWS’s claims that the site was only minimally contaminated and safe for use, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s tests show contamination at levels far higher than what is deemed safe.  The high levels present an inexcusable risk of contamination for construction workers and other citizens that might spend considerable amounts of time in the area.

However, the USFWS, relying on data collected in the past, insists that the area is safe for development and exposure risks are limited.  Join the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in calling for more comprehensive testing, cleanup and management of the area in question.

Dear Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

By now, we are all familiar with the tumultuous history behind the Rocky Flats site in Golden, Colorado.  But your recent decision to proceed with allowing the construction of the Jefferson Parkway in an area of Rocky Flats needs to be reconsidered.  Measurements done by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center show that plutonium soil contamination levels have remained nearly unchanged since the 1970s, despite any cleanup efforts, and that the levels can be nearly 100 times the average in the West.

By allowing construction workers to expose themselves to these possibly dangerous levels of radiation, you are putting them in harm’s way.  We ask that you please review the findings, collect more data and make a decision that factors in even the slightest amount of risk. Until then, we ask that you delay the construction of the Jefferson Parkway.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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