Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship

Site of future Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

Rocky Flats: A Call to Guardianship, is a project of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the Environmental Studies Department of Naropa University.

“Highly toxic radioactive plutonium remains in soil at the site of the former Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory south of Boulder. Tiny particles of plutonium may be picked up by the wind and unwittingly inhaled, taken into the body via a scrape or open wound, or ingested, endangering health for decades to come.

Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to turn most of the site into a Wildlife Refuge open for public recreation.

Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship, a local initiative, counters this irresponsible plan. Nuclear Guardianship draws on art, science and spirituality to translate a tragic legacy of radioactive contamination into an inspiring example of ecological caretaking.”

Read more about the initiative here.

  2 comments for “Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship

  1. Gregory Iwan
    July 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Just remember: the radioactive half-life of Plutonium-239 is 24,000 years. What was going on around here 24,000 years ago? Any humans about? How are we at capturing the future, for management purposes? Are we truly invincible? I don’t know; you might ask the North Vietnamese generals.

  2. Padma Wick
    July 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship is making a well documented effort to educate people in our area about the dangers of opening the area to the public, and about the planned toll way through Rocky Flats which will stir up radioactive material, including plutonium and pose great, but invisible, danger to people, animal, and plant life.

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