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Audacious Happening at Rocky Flats


Last week two specialists hired by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center collected 40+ samples at Rocky Flats, primarily along the eastern edge of  the site on land proposed for the privately financed Jefferson Parkway. Earlier studies showed this area to be heavily contaminated with plutonium. Our  request to U.S. Fish & Wildlife for permission to have our sampling done on the Rocky Flats site was denied, so the samples were collected outside the fence.  We did not publicize this activity because we didn’t want to call attention to it. In five or six weeks we will know whether or not the sampling shows that highway construction in the area would stir up clouds of plutonium-laden dust that would endanger workers, nearby residents and others. We took this step because it appeared that government agencies weren’t going to do the sampling we believe should be done before land is made available for the proposed highway.

What we very much need now is financial support to help pay the cost of this work and follow-up activities, including publicity and grassroots  efforts. Details about how to support this effort are on our website.

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