Community Groups file for Preliminary Injunction at Rocky Flats Refuge
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GROUPS FILE MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
TO BAR CONSTRUCTION OF TRAILS, VISITOR CENTER AT ROCKY FLATS SITE
UNTIL U.S. AGENCIES COMPLY WITH MAJOR FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS
Citing the threat to human health from radioactive and toxic contaminants at the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility, area groups today filed for a preliminary injunction to block federal agencies from building public trails and a visitor center on the site. The motion filed in U.S. District Court in Denver argues that the government has failed to conduct legally required analyses of environmental risks and policy options. Construction, which is scheduled to begin in June, would be suspended by an injunction.
LeRoy Moore, PhD, from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center explained why a preliminary injunction is needed: “If planned construction were to proceed before the proper environmental analyses are complete, plutonium and other hazardous substances on the site could be disturbed. People could be harmed through exposure to these contaminants.”
“What the public does not know can hurt us and our children,” added Bonnie Graham-Reed, co-founder of plaintiff organization Rocky Flats Right to Know. “That’s why a thorough environmental analysis is so important.”
According to Jon Lipsky, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent who led the raid that shut down Rocky Flats, “The lack of a thorough environmental analysis allows expert opinions about risks from the site to be swept under the rug.”
Other plaintiffs include Candelas Glows, Rocky Flats Neighborhood Association and Environmental Information Network. The community groups’ attorney Randall Weiner concluded, “An injunction in this case is vital to protect the public interest by preventing additional public health impacts. Federal agencies must complete mandatory environmental analyses before construction can legally begin.”
Rocky Flats manufactured plutonium components for U.S. nuclear weapons. In June 1989, the FBI raided the site for alleged violations of environmental laws. The plant shut down and never reopened.
Parts of Rocky Flats are on the Superfund list of the nation’s most polluted sites. Radioactive and toxic materials contaminate soils and sediments. Questions about the accuracy of past sampling for plutonium remain unanswered. There have been recent reports of excess cancers among neighbors.
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UPDATED – June 6, 2017