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Plutonium Test Results Stall Plan For Toll Road Near Rocky Flats

By The Associated Press and Colorado Public Radio Staff
September 3, 2019

Quote:Broomfield city officials are suspending their search for investors to help build the Jefferson Parkway after a soil test found elevated levels of plutonium in the highway's planned path.

State officials announced in August that a soil test found plutonium levels five times higher than the cleanup standard, but a second test found much lower levels. Officials were seeking more information on the results.

The contentious site remains a flashpoint with activists who have launched several lawsuits to unearth documents on the original investigation and to shut the preserve to human activity. Trails at the national wildlife refuge opened in September 2018.
Half-Life of Memory: Unforgetting the ‘American Chernobyl’
By Chris Roberts • 07/27/19 9:00am

Quote:Ponder this scenario: A government builds a vital nuclear facility a short drive away from a major population center. Via an admixture of ignorance, negligence and—possibly above all—an imperative to win now and worry about the costs later, this nuclear facility releases a significant amount of potentially deadly radioactivity into the environment. Land and water are poisoned. Livestock and people are mutated. Some develop tumors and cancers. Some die.

Throughout it all—and despite clear signs that something is very wrong—the public is kept ignorant, deliberately. In the interest of national security, the government never informs the surrounding population—not of the facility’s construction, nor its existence, nor the mortal threat drifting downwind into apartment blocks and farms—until many years later, when the secret is too obvious to conceal.  

Even when making its admissions, in order to downplay the abuses and cover up what it can, the government chooses to continue to lie, telling the citizenry that if there is something afoot at the top-secret compound—and there isn’t—there is nothing to worry about. All is well. Everyone is safe. This official line is adhered to even as workers at the nuclear facility begin to fall ill and die.  

Remember when they told us that radioactive contamination was safe.  The lying has never stopped.
In 1989 This Suburb of Denver Was So Radioactive the FBI Suspected Eco-Terrorism
George Erbert 5/6/17
If you're a native, then you already know I'm talking about Arvada. If you're not, here's what you should know.
Quote:Just outside of Arvada, Colorado - on June 6, 1989, after several months of investigating and measuring radiation exposures of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons manufacturing plant, the FBI informed the Department of Energy that they were concerned about a potential terrorist threat. Then at 9 a.m. "Operation Desert Glow" commenced. Backed by the EPA, the FBI got past the DOE's heavily outfitted security – which included surface to air missiles and heavily armed guards authorized to kill – and delivered a search warrant to the plant's internal manager.  A team of armed FBI agents then seized the facility marking the only time in U.S. history a government agency seized the property of another via force.
Quote:Dr. Edward Martell, an American radiochemist who managed radiation-effect projects at the Nevada nuclear test sites and the south Pacific, reported in 1972 that:

In the more densely populated areas of Denver, the Pu contamination level in surface soils is several times fallout", and the plutonium contamination "just east of the Rocky Flats plant ranges up to hundreds of times that from nuclear tests."

Dr Carl J. Johnson, Director of the Jefferson County Department of Health, began to monitor health effects in those effected and deduced that the soil around the plan contained 44 times more plutonium than the Government claimed.
Quote:In 1975, Rockwell International replaced Dow Chemical as contracted operator of the site. On April 28, 1979, 15,000 people assembled nearby to protest activity at the plant.  The EPA and FBI started investigating in 1987 after insiders at the plant started covertly expressing that unsafe practices were taking place, and noticed the incinerator working late into the night. In 1989, the EPA and FBI seized the plant.
Quote:The raid led to Colorado's first special grand jury. The Department of Justice did not fully reveal the special grand jury's report until 1992 when it was leaked to the Westword. According to the report, the Department of Energy called Rocky Flats the greatest nuclear hazard under it's control: "The DOE reached this conclusion because the groundwater contamination was so extensive, toxic, and migrating toward the drinking water supplies for the Cities of Broomfield and Westminster, Colorado." The site was declared a "superfund" site in the 1990s. EG&G began an aggressive campaign to cleanup the mess, and the effort removed 21 tons of weapons-grade radioactive material from the area. They also removed 800 structures and treated more than 16 million gallons of water. After approximately ten years and seven billon dollars later, cleanup was officially declared complete in 2005. In July 2007, the DOE transferred 4,000 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the area became the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

What you don't know about the neighborhood, and about plutonium, that stuff can kill you with cancer.  When the nuclear trigger facility was first sited, Arvada and Westminster were sparsely populated.  Why would anyone want to live there now?
  Its sort of like moving a nest of deadly pit vipers from the front yard to the back yard.  Nuke waste; its literally everywhere except in safe storage.

" The site was declared a "superfund" site in the 1990s. EG&G began an aggressive campaign to cleanup the mess, and the effort removed 21 tons of weapons-grade radioactive material from the area. They also removed 800 structures and treated more than 16 million gallons of water. After approximately ten years and seven billion dollars later, cleanup was officially declared complete "
Much of the waste was buried in the front yard, onsite, in deep trenches.  The backyard, the suburbs downwind, weren't remediated in any way.  Upscale development moved to the south end of Denver.  The polluted land in north Denver is home to the working class and immigrant populations.  Development has been encroaching on the borders of Rocky Flats lately.  The history of Rocky Flats isn't as well known as it should be.