A letter sent Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service —signed by area legislators, school board members, many individuals and more than two dozen advocacy groups from across Colorado and beyond — demands an immediate halt to public recreation at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The letter to Carmelo Melendez, director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Legacy Management and Cynthia Martinez, chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, cited residual contamination from decades of plutonium bomb trigger production at the site located just south of Boulder. The letter states, in part, that the refuge “is located on the previous buffer zone of the Rocky Flats Plant (1952-1989), which produced 70,000 weapons-grade plutonium pits for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. Activities at the plant led to contaminated soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water due to accidental leakages and serious fires in 1957 and 1969, emitting plutonium into the air.” Those signing the letter include Colorado State Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg, Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker — both of Boulder — state Reps. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, and Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, several local school board members, as well as groups including… Read full this story
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