Rocky Flats Closure for 2006

Rocky Flats Closure for 2006

The generous donation by United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8031 and leadership of Ms. Terrie Barrie, ANWAG, make this video available to the public for educational purposes.

A December 1999 Kaiser Hill video on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) also known as the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, Golden, Colorado.

The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant manufactured plutonium239 triggers for atomic bombs within the U.S. Nuclear Weapons complex from 1952 to 1989. On June 6, 1989 the FBI and EPA conducted a criminal search of the facility. In September 1989 the EPA added Rocky Flats to the National Priority List (NPL), a CERCLA priority cleanup. In 1992 Rockwell International, the DOE Rocky Flats contractor from 1975-1989, pled guilty to 10 federal criminal environmental violations and paid an $18.5 million fine. In May 2016 Dow Chemical and Rockwell International settled the Merilyn Cook federal civil case of 26 years at Denver, Colorado for $375 million. The Cook jury found that plutonium239 would remain on the adjacent lands indefinitely,

Kaiser Hill was a DOE contractor tasked to remediate Rocky Flats. Kaiser Hill received a large bonus under the terms of the contract. Despite the accelerated cleanup the Rocky Flats industrial area comprising of about 1900 acres remains an active Superfund site with remaining sub-surface structures, pits and landfills. A site that is completely surrounded by the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pressing to open to the public.

The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge remains contaminated with plutonium239 and other Contaminants of Concern as well as the adjacent 20,000 acres east and southeast of Rocky Flats.