The DOE would like to save money by eliminating the dam that keeps contaminated run-off from the contaminated Rocky Flats plant site from flowing downstream. Not a good idea. Please read this article. Remember, the plant site is still a Nuclear Superfund site. This is where the "clean-up" occurred. The land surrounding the plant site was given to US Fish and Wildlife Service to open as a Wildlife Refuge. Weapons to Wildlife ... however, the technology to make nuclear debris harmless to humans and other life does not exist anywhere on our planet. So, lots of room for action here, say NO to breaching the dam, and say NO to opening the first plutonium contaminated wildlife refuge to the public.
This is a very long article. But please don't postpone reading it. Instead scroll down to THE FIFTH RISK and read that part. This explains the long talk by David Abelson at the RFSC (Rocky Flats Stewardship Council) meeting about DOE funding. If DOE funding to Rocky Flats is cut, the 15 or so full-time DOE workers will not be there to monitor and contain the contaminants on the Superfund Site. If the "Refuge" is opened to the public, it will surround an un-monitored Nuclear Superfund site that contains plutonium and other contaminants.
ROCKY FLATS STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
P.O. Box 17670 (303) 412-1200
Boulder, CO 80308-0670 (303) 600-7773 (f)
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Monthly Status Report – June 2017
Board Meeting Summary
2016 Stewardship Council audit
The auditor did not find any material deficiencies and issued a clean audit. The Board voted to accept the audit.
DOE Annual Meeting
The Stewardship Council hosted DOE’s annual update for 2016. Updates included:
• groundwater monitoring;
• surface water monitoring;
• ecological monitoring; and,
• surveillance, maintenance and site operations.
DOE’s presentation can be found at: http://www.lm.doe.gov/Rocky_Flats/Documents.aspx
(click on link titled: “Overview of the Annual Report of Site Surveillance and Maintenance Activities at the Rocky Flats Site.”)
Legacy Management Monthly Site Activities Summary
DOE reports site personnel conducted the following activities in May.
Groundwater Treatment Systems
• East Trenches Plume Treatment System (ETPTS): DOE reports the system, which now includes treating contaminated water that was previously treated by the Mound Site Plume Treatment System, is working as designed.
• Solar Ponds Plume Treatment System (SPPTS): DOE reports the system is working as designed.
Original Landfill (OLF)
• Installed seven geoprobe wells on the OLF hillside and on the pediment above the OLF.
• Replaced five existing piezometers that had steel pipe screens with PVC prepacked screens. The goal is to increase their effectiveness.
• Water level measurements in the new piezometers just upgradient and downgradient of the OLF East Subsurface Drain (ESSD) indicate that the ESSD is functioning well. There is approximately a 12-foot drop in water level from the upgradient side to the downgradient side.
North Walnut Creek Slump
• Installed four geoprobe wells along the SPPTS collection trench to evaluate groundwater levels near the North Walnut Creek slump.
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• Regraded the slump behind the A-series pond road.
• Started re-grading and crack repairs at the North Walnut Creek slump.
• Conducted erosion control and wetland water level surveys.
• Installed wattles along the ETPTS at selected locations. The purpose is to reduce the width of the road.
• Conducted prairie dog surveys of current and previously occupied prairie dog town. Only the one town north of the A-4 pond outside the Central Operable Unit on the Rocky Flats refuge had any prairie dogs.
• Counted spring survival of woody plants at habitat enhancement locations.
• Conducted nest survey of general project areas. No nests were found. Installed coyote cutouts and reflectors to deter nesting birds from using the area
Stewardship Council Update
Upcoming 2017 Board meetings: September 11, October 30
Thank you so much to the scientists and other experts who volunteered their time to come and speak. Thank you to all who attended. Remember, when searching for the truth, follow the money. Carl Spreng, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is not a spokesperson for the people. His salary paid by the Department of Energy, and these officials would like you to believe nuclear debris can be cleaned up and the remains are safe. Unfortunately, the technology for dealing with nuclear waste does not exist. The "cleanup" of Rocky Flats included a coverup - many building foundations were buried (look at our logo). There are no safe levels of plutonium.
There has been no testing, in spite of massive amounts of water from the plant site pouring over Indiana during the 2013 floods. But the CDPHE spokesperson assured me that no testing is needed, since everything was shown to be fine over a decade ago. Please call or email Lindsay Masters and explain that proper testing needs to occur before any soil is disturbed along Indiana.
Please email the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and ask them to say no to relocating a Longmont Prairie dog colony to Rocky Flats. At several Rocky Flats Stewardship Council meetings, the DOE contracted worker in charge of the environment has reported that the prairie dogs are not thriving at Rocky Flats. Not only would the relocation be harmful to the prairie dogs themselves, but the prairie dogs would almost certainly spread contamination around the site and offsite. http://jeffco.us/bcc/contact/
Rocky Flats produced plutonium pits for decades, but production ceased in 1989. Currently, Los Alamos, New Mexico is the only place where production can take place, but due to safety violations, no plutonium pits are being made. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/repeated-safety-lapses-hobble-lanl-s-work-on-u-s/article_f45dd72a-d6f6-580c-97af-8ffcb9fe8364.html
Thank you, Jon Lipsky, for telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
If you feel you have been harmed by Rocky Flats, or will be harmed when construction begins, please contact the law offices of Randall Weiner.
Law Offices of Randall M. Weiner, P.C.
3100 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80303
303-440-3321; Toll Free: 866-686-3321
Boulder Valley Schools recently adopted a resolution to ban field trips to Rocky Flats. Please protect children's health and ask the Jeffco School Board to do the same. There has been no testing since the floods of 2013, and the Superfund site has buried plutonium and other contaminants that are hazardous to children. These contaminants could be migrating and contaminating the refuge. Any contaminants that were spread across the refuge during the operating years of the nuclear weapons plant are still there today, because the cleanup was of the plant, not the buffer zone/refuge.
Our Logo, created by artist Jeff gipe, graphically shows the problem with Rocky Flats. The buildings where the nuclear triggers were produced were simply imploded and buried. The plutonium that is still there presents a problem when the buffer zone, now known as the Rocky Flats Nuclear National Wildlife Refuge, or Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, is being opened to the public for recreation. The Colorado Department of public Health and environment compares the risks to that of chest x-rays, etc., ignoring the fact that plutonium is an alpha emitter, not gamma. plutonium is extremely dangerous once it is taken into the body by inhalation, ingestion, or through a cut.
The above article starts with a discussion of the US budget allocated for cleanups. I wonder what the yearly cost is for the "legacy" at Rocky flats. There are approximately 15 full-time employees working there, undertaking projects to keep the remaining waste contained and to monitor contaminants.
Jon Lipsky, former FBI agent who led the raid on Rocky Flats in 1989, Marian Whitney, and Bonnie Graham-Reed interview.