Skip to comments.Rocky Flats plan calls for public use
Posted on 12/17/2004 4:22:16 PM PST by NormsRevenge
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday endorsed hiking, hunting and other public use of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant after it is cleaned up and converted to a wildlife refuge.
The agency released its draft management plan and environmental impact statement for the 6,240-acre site outside Denver where the government once made plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads. The plan outlines uses for the site after the $7 billion cleanup, scheduled to be complete in 2006.
The agency's preferred option includes hiking, cycling, horseback riding and some hunting. It includes about 16 miles of trails, a visitor center and parking. Most of the trails would use existing roads.
The possibility of lingering contamination worries some.
"It's really unwise to allow public recreation on a site that's still contaminated with some levels of plutonium and toxic materials," said LeRoy Moore, a consultant for the Boulder-based Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.
Weapons manufacturing at Rocky Flats was shut down in 1992 because of safety concerns and because of the end of the Cold War. Parts of the complex will become the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge under the control of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The agency's preferred plan includes warning signs and fences around areas that would remain under Energy Department control.
This is silly. I work for one of the contractors that is cleaning up the joint.
When our company took over the contract, we had some public Q&A meetings. A bunch of enviroweenies showed up. It was announced that we would be cleaning up Rocky Flats a couple of years sooner than what the gov't recommended (basically saving thousands of taxpayer dollars). Environweenie then asked if we *really* needed to clean up the site that fast.
These people have made livings off of protesting this site - their actions don't really benefit anyone. They just whine and get paid for it.
The radiation fueled SUPER ANIMALS that could be bred there would make hunting a little more challenging.
As pictured below:
There's one place I won't be recreating at. People shouldn't go there.
I lived next to Rocky Flats 99-83. I saw the biggest mule deer ever there. Sign me up!
Just our enemies by forcing the production of the W-88 to stop after only 400 had been produced instead of the needed 3,000.
"Yup, Vern, that eight-point mulie rack up there on the wall --the one that glows -- got 'im with a single 180-yard shot from my .300 Weatherby -- at Rocky Flats."
Any idea if we'll ever get another plutonium core site up.. Ever? I'd think eventually we'll need to make some new ones, they don't last forever.
I believe that President Bush actually ordered preparations to made for resumption of plutonium pit production but it would still be years away. Right now all we can do is maintenance and hope they work.
I sure hope those Xray spectrograph tests on inert materials are good enough for now until we can get back to full scale testing again too..
I guess the Ohio subs have another 20 years in them, and the D5 is a very good SLBM for at least as long.. But the Minuteman 3 is starting to age, even with updates. Hopefully the Minuteman 4 preps can get underway towards the end of Bush's term.