Stop the Rocky Mountain Greenway from being built through Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is surrounding an active superfund site
To open the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge would be an unnecessary risk to public health and safety
1. The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is surrounding an active Superfund site. There are risks of contaminant or actinide migration through the air or soil.
(Link to document HM_sf-rocky-flats-903-area, a description from the CDPHE website https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rocky-flats regarding an area of contamination called the 903 area. The CDPHE acknowledged offsite contamination due to windstorms in the 1960s. The RFNWR is the former buffer zone for the Rocky Flats Plant.
For background on scientific studies regarding the migration of plutonium,
Also, for background on radiation exposure standards and the cleanup at Rocky Flats, The Bait and Switch Cleanup
2. State and Federal radiation exposure standards are not sufficiently protective of the most vulnerable, especially children.
(The National Academy of Sciences report on Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation (2006) affirms that exposure to any level of ionizing radiation is potentially harmful.
For an overview of reasons, A Dozen Reasons Why the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Should Remain Closed to the Public)
A cost estimate chart through the Federal Lands Access Program (2016). 7 communities were asked to help fund the Rocky Mountain Greenway.
Here is a record of public comments regarding the Rocky Mountain Greenway in Boulder County, Westminster, Superior, and Broomfield. Above is a cost estimate chart for the 7 communities being asked for 17% match funding through the Federal Land Access Program. The deadline for the FLAP grant is 5/21/2016.
4/5/16 Boulder County video:
4/11/16 City of Westminster audio:
4/20/16 Town of Superior, PROSTAC video:
4/25/16 Town of Superior, Town Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reject the grant application, video:
4/26/16 Broomfield video and Agenda Item 5:
5/3/16 City of Boulder video and Agenda Item #5B:
5/10/16 Jefferson County video and Agenda Item #8:
5/12/16 Boulder County video and Agenda Item #16:
5/16/16 City of Arvada video and Agenda Item not designated:
Op-ed by LeRoy Moore regarding the Rocky Mountain Greenway
Rocky Mountain Greenway Feasibility Study July 2016
2016 ACTION ALERT: Prevent the Rocky Mountain Greenway
Please send a comment regarding the Rocky Mountain Greenway to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments from the public will be accepted until November 30th.
The Department of Transportation is accepting comments from the public about the Rocky Mountain Greenway Feasibility Study.
Also, please sign and share this petition to Keep Kids Off Rocky Flats.
We urge you in this action alert to send a comment citing evidence to prevent the Rocky Mountain Greenway and keep the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge closed to public recreation. Please emphasize that the Greenway should not be built and the RFNWR should remain closed in the interest of public health and safety. Here are some recommended sources of scientific information:
DATA FROM AN INDEPENDENT SAMPLING STUDY SHOWS ELEVATED LEVELS OF PLUTONIUM ALONG INDIANA ST. EAST OF ROCKY FLATS 2012
Data from this study shows that plutonium exceeded reported background levels by two orders of magnitude at locations that match those noted in the Krey Hardy report along Indiana St.. (P. W. Krey and E. P. Hardy, 1970, “Plutonium in Soil Around the Rocky Flats Plant”) (Krey Hardy Map)
THE ROCKY FLATS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IS SURROUNDING AN ACTIVE SUPERFUND SITE WITH ONGOING REMEDIATION OF UNCONTROLLED CONTAMINANTS
This data confirms that there are radioactive contaminants at Rocky Flats that are a risk to public health and safety. Please refer to this Reportable Conditions Table that was compiled through referencing the regulatory contact records. The reportable conditions listed on this table are elevated levels of contaminants that violate the institutional controls of the Rocky Flats Legacy Management Agreement.
Sampling for contaminants on the DOE Rocky Flats site is done at either a Point of Compliance (POC) at the site boundary, where DOE is penalized if the sample exceeds the state standard, or at an upstream Point of Evaluation (POE), where there is no penalty but steps must be taken to reduce any exceedance before the contaminant reaches the site boundary.
“ReportableConditions” are occasions when results of sampling for a specific contaminant in surface water or groundwater at a POE exceeds the agreed upon state standard, which is the legal limit for that particular contaminant on the site.
Exceedances at POEs: Here DOE must explain steps to correct the problem.
Scientific studies have shown that Plutonium migrates (reference to these studies are in Science Compromised in the Cleanup of Rocky Flats, and Mobilizing Pu Research), so it is logical that construction of a trail downwind of the COU1, an active superfund site, is a risk to public health and safety due to migration of uncontrolled contaminants.
A 2016 HEALTH SURVEY SHOWS INSTANCES OF RARE TYPES OF CANCER DOWNWIND OF ROCKY FLATS
A 2016 CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT SET A COURT PRECEDENT THAT CONTAMINATION REMAINS EAST OF ROCKY FLATS
Please refer to the answers that the jury determined to questions such as:
Do you find that Dow intentionally undertook an activity or activities that in the usual course of events caused plutonium from Rocky Flats to be present on the Class Properties(seeInstructionNo.3.18)?
Do you find it appears that this plutonium will continue to be present on the Class Properties indefinitely(seeInstructionNo.3.4)?
Please refer to rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org for additional study material and references.
Thank you for your support,
Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship
3970 Broadway Suite B5
Boulder, CO 80304