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Rocky Flats and the Risk Society

Rocky Flats and the Risk Society

In 1992, German social analyst Ulrich Beck offered a compelling critique of modern industrial society with his book Risk Society. As articulated by Beck, a “risk society” is one in which risks Are readily produced by human action, Are [...]

Rocky Flats and the Jefferson Parkway

Rocky Flats and the Jefferson Parkway

The June-July Arvada Report carried an unsigned article titled “Rocky Flats and the Jefferson Parkway ­ Is it safe?” The article says, yes, it’s “safe.” But “safe” for whom? Certainly not for the most vulnerable among us for at least [...]

From Fukushima to Rocky Flats

From Fukushima to Rocky Flats

A massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, triggered the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Shortly thereafter the New York Times produced this map below showing how radioactive materials released from [...]

Citizens Seek Air Sampling at Parkway Site

Citizens Seek Air Sampling at Parkway Site

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, local citizens asked elected officials of the cities most affected to request that EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment test airborne dust for its radioactive content in the area at Rocky [...]

Plutonium & the Jefferson Parkway: Report on recent soil sampling at Rocky Flats

Plutonium & the Jefferson Parkway:  Report on recent soil sampling at Rocky Flats

Would building the Jefferson Parkway along the contaminated eastern or Indiana St. edge of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge endanger public health by stirring up clouds of plutonium-laden dust? The Superfund “cleanup” completed in 2005 [...]

Plutonium and the Jefferson Parkway: Another Look

Plutonium and the Jefferson Parkway:  Another Look

In an article published in the Blue Line a few days ago, I reported incorrect results from citizen sampling for plutonium in soil in the area at Rocky Flats proposed for construction of the Jefferson Parkway.  The sampling effort was initiated by [...]

Jefferson Parkway Inches Closer to Reality

Jefferson Parkway Inches Closer to Reality

It's been quite a week on the Jefferson Parkway front. Consider: Fish & Wildlife clears the way for the Jefferson Parkway Deciding against an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Parkway/land-transfer matter, FWS (Fish and Wildlife) [...]

Audacious Happening at Rocky Flats

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 [...]

Needed: The Truth About Valmont Butte

Needed:  The Truth About Valmont Butte

Valmont Butte, the striking rock formation just east of Boulder along Valmont Road, is revered by Native People as a sacred site and by descendants of European settlers who founded the town of Valmont and buried their dead in a cemetery at the [...]

Open Letter to the Boulder County Commissioners: Jefferson Parkway

Open Letter to the Boulder County Commissioners: Jefferson Parkway

I intended to be present yesterday, Tuesday, April 26, when you made the fateful decision that Boulder County Commissioners will no longer oppose the Jefferson Parkway. But I could find no information anywhere on the County Commissioners' web site [...]

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