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Posts Tagged ‘radioactive waste’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Boulder Weekly | Valmont Butte’s got a dam problem, among others

Boulder Weekly | Valmont Butte’s got a dam problem, among others

"he failure to define the Allied butte site to include its entire operation has made it possible for the city, the EPA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the county, and Public Service to pretend that the public has [...]

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 [...]

Boulder Weekly | How Reagan and the largest EPA scandal in history may explain why Valmont Butte is still contaminated

Boulder Weekly | How Reagan and the largest EPA scandal in history may explain why Valmont Butte is still contaminated

"After the EPA’s assessment and inspection of Allied’s Valmont Butte site in 1982, the agency controlled by Burford, Lavelle and their like-minded Reagan appointees scored the contaminated site at 27.8 points on the HRS and labeled it for “no [...]

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 [...]

Boulder Weekly | Valmont cemetery families say city in danger of digging up human remains

Boulder Weekly | Valmont cemetery families say city in danger of digging up human remains

"One of the key elements that will ultimately determine how many millions of dollars will be spent cleaning up contamination that originated from milling operations once located on the City of Boulder’s 103-acre Valmont Butte property is whether [...]

Boulder Weekly | The Ghosts of Valmont Butte

Boulder Weekly | The Ghosts of Valmont Butte

"Ever since the city of Boulder purchased its Valmont Butte property, city taxpayers have been picking up the tab to pay for the environmental sins committed by more than a century’s worth of long-departed users at the site. And that tab may be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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