Winter of 2017
KGNU, independent community radio, Boulder published “Continued Opposition to the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.” Maeve Conran interviewed Bonnie Graham-Reed, Marian Dancing Water Whitney and Jon Lipsky in anticipation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rocky Flats Sharing Session #3 on February 22, 2017. Bonnie and Marian promote Rocky Flats Right to Know to keep kids off Rocky Flats and advocate permanent signage at Rocky Flats. Jon is a former FBI Agent who led the raid at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, Golden, Colorado on June 6, 1989 and a federal court subject matter expert witness for the Plaintiffs in the recently settled ($375 million) adjacent property suit. The KGNU and Maeve Conran piece is at http://news.kgnu.org/2017/02/continued-opposition-to-the-rocky-flats-wildlife-refuge/
Fall of 2016
The latest tab “USW Local 8031” will be populated with United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8031 Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant – Safety Concerns – and other related documents from that era. Union employees concerned about safety and health issues at Rocky Flats submitted their documents through Local 8031 to the Joint Company-Union Safety Committee. The Local 8031 documents were donated to Ms. Terrie Barrie, Alliance of Nuclear Workers Advocacy Groups (ANWAG) in August 2016. On November 30, 2016 Ms. Barrie presented over 100 Local 8031 Safety Concerns to the NIOSH Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health during their public comment period on behalf of Rocky Flats nuclear workers. Please read Ms. Barrie’s statement and list of evidence at http://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/errie-barrie-anwag-presents-rocky-flats-safety-concerns/.
Summer of 2016
The newest tab “REFERENCE MATERIALS” includes descriptions and links to source documents from the 1992 Congressman Howard Wolpe (D-MI) Congressional Sub-Committee Hearings, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, direct U.S. Government agency requests and anonymous sources. The reference materials were used in “The Ambushed Grand Jury” non-fiction and non-profit book. The source documents were not intended to see the light of day. New documents and descriptions are being added on a frequent basis.
Spring of 2016
The May 2016 – 5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine – published “Rogue Agent” a feature article authored by Quentin Young. The article features Jon LIpsky and the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Overlay Refuge. The article was one of 5280’s Top Ten Longreads for 2016. The article is available online at http://www.5280.com/news/magazine/2016/04/rogue-agent?page=full.
Proposed bike trails through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
As early as February 10, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pursued their re-written version of the Rocky Flats Superfund site with staff of seven (7) Colorado entities concerning the Rocky Mountain Greenway bike trail system. The updated U.S. Government vision of the Rocky Mountain Greenway is to construct a bike trail system between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (a former Superfund site) through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge (another former Superfund site) to the Rocky Mountain National Park. In support of bike trails through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), FWS has dangled a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant proposal to construct bike trail connectors on the eastern and northern sides of the Refuge. The Federal Land Access Program (FLAP) grant involves a 17.21% contribution from local municipalities in support of the DOT funding the other 82.79% for what is expected to be a multi-million dollar construction project.
FWS had no published plans to accommodate bike trails through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. All evidence to the contrary, in its November 23, 2011 Environmental Assessment (EA), under authority of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FWS rejected the City of Golden’s application to construct bike-only paths through the Refuge, Right-of-Way (ROW). FWS conveniently cited the provisions of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Act of 2001 and Congressional Record, in this instance, that a bike path without associated roadway improvements does not meet the requirements of the law. The eastern side of the Refuge, 300 feet west of Indiana, was designated as a Right of Way, transportation corridor. Now and without an EA, FWS is promoting a bike-only path through the Refuge ROW. By the way, the FWS deadline to inhabit the Refuge with humans is 2016.
Jefferson County, Colorado applied for the FLAP grant with DOT to connect the Rocky Mountain Greenway through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge completely surrounds the currently active Rocky Flats Superfund site also known as Department of Energy Legacy Site. On February 10, 2016 a Boulder, Colorado Open Space Board of Trustees Meeting, Agenda item 5, included the FLAP grant briefing. A 7-minute video is available for background information.
The misinformation, cover-up or re-writing of Rocky Flats history was well on its way to municipal approval for the bike trails and Rocky Mountain Greenway connectors on Indiana Street and Colorado-128 through the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
On April 4, 2016 FWS conducted its type of public engagement – more like a one-way conversation – to announce its Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge bike trail connection with the Rocky Mountain Greenway at the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council meeting. Contrary to its own EA decision and public engagement policy, FWS presented a schematic of the proposed bike trail system and Visitor Center. On April 22, 2016 Jeffco Parks produced a FLAP video featuring David Lucas, FWS that includes inaccurate statements concerning Rocky Flats. More about FWS public engagement policy regarding Rocky Flats, please view the video of FWS Director Dan Ashe’s commitments, under oath, to Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO).
For context: “SUPERFUND SITE” added
Beginning April 5, 2016 members of the Rocky Flats Technical Group attended scheduled Council, Commission and Trustee meetings for Arvada, City of Boulder, Boulder County, Broomfield, Jefferson County, Superior and Westminster, Colorado to enlighten Councilors, Commissioners and Trustees that the Rocky Mountain Greenway should go around the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and not through it. Though the Town of Superior was the only municipality to vote no to the grant the majority of the remaining votes included the contingency of environmental sampling and that the Rocky Flats Technical Group is to be consulted.
The following archived audio and video recordings document the efforts and results, thus far, of the Rocky Flats Technical Group:
Date Municipality Agenda Item Media
February 10, 2016 City of Boulder, OSBOT #5 Video
April 5, 2016 Boulder County #2 Video
April 5, 2016 Westminster Not designated Audio
April 11, 2016 Westminster Not designated Audio
April 20, 2016 Superior PROSTAC Not designated Video
April 25, 2016 Arvada Not designated Video
April 25, 2016 Superior #13 Video
April 25, 2016 Westminster Not designated Audio
April 26, 2016 Broomfield #5 Video
May 3, 2016 City of Boulder #5B Video
May 10, 2016 Jefferson County #8 Video
May 12, 2016 Boulder County #16 Video
May 16, 2016 Arvada Not designated Video
Summer of 2015
Highland City Club, Boulder, Colorado
Rocky Flats: Overcoming a Toxic Past
The Highland City Club, Boulder, Colorado hosted the Rocky Flats Series. Thanks to Professor Emeritus Harvey Nichols, Ph. D. for initiating and co-hosting these important presentations to promote public dialogue regarding Rocky Flats issues. Thanks to KNGU for their June 23, 2015 coverage and article and Harvey’s audio interview is available at http://news.kgnu.org/2015/06/ongoing-concerns-about-the-rocky-flats-site/ and July 21, 2015 post of Jon Lipsky’s interview at http://news.kgnu.org/2015/07/jon-lipsky-raising-awareness-about-ongoing-dangers-at-rocky-flats/.
The series shaped up as follows:
Part 1: LeRoy Moore, Ph.D. presentation was on May 27, 2015, more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YbDdMvvW7E;
Part 2: James Crnkovich and Robert Del Tredici’s presentation was on June 12, 2015, more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgimbvC0nIE;
Part 3: Harvey Nichols, Ph.D. presentation was on June 23, 2015, more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA4cjrYqOis;
Part 4: Jon Lipsky, M.A.S. presentation was on July 22, 2015, more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6kuH7PxIzw;
Part 5: Professors Michael Ketterer and Iggy Litaor’s presentation was on August 4, 2015 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keZZ1A7-xys; and,
Part 6: Gale Biggs, Ph.D. presentation was on August 19, 2015 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs-BZZJolYs.
June 6, 7, and 8, 2014
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado hosted:
The three-day event was open to the public and included a panel discussion with former FBI Special Agent Jon Lipsky, who led the FBI/EPA raid on Rocky Flats and is now part of the Ambushed Grand Jury Citizen’s Investigation, former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, and former Congressman David Skaggs. Lipsky, who has accused the Justice Department of turning the FBI investigation into “part of a cover-up” has an insider’s view of the raid and Rocky Flats that itself is quite different from opinions expressed by Governor Romer and Representative Skaggs.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has posted the panel discussions available on YouTube:
June 6, 2014 Introduction, Welcome and Citizen Panel featuring LeRoy Moore, Ph.D at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxC3ga67qJs;
June 7, 2014 Keynote Panel featuring Jon Lipsky at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Ov7LwQ8bE;
June 7, 2014 Secrecy and It’s Fallout featuring Jon Lipsky and Judy Danielson at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI_jKWrEA0A;
June 7, 2014 Imagining the Real: Art and Rocky Flats at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBNRIpESu8I;
June 8, 2014 Health Issues featuring Terrie Barrie, ANWAG at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3vi0nrm0l0;
June 8, 2014 Contamination featuring Niels Schoenbeck, Ph.D. at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoymhHmHtTc.