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Candelas is the only community to share property lines with the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.

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From 1952 to 1992 the Rocky Flats Plant was a United States nuclear weapons production facility.

When the plant closed 2,600 pounds of plutonium was unaccounted for.

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On September 11, 1957, a massive plutonium fire occurred and almost caused the evacuation of all of Denver.
The accident released plutonium into the surrounding environment, causing irreparable damage.

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In 1959, barrels of radioactive waste were found to be leaking into an open field.
This was not made publicly known until 1970 when wind-borne particles were detected in Denver.

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From 1967 to 1970 Dow Chemical attempted to clean up damage
caused by the leaking barrels, but they actually caused substantial
additional releases of plutonium on site.

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Dr. Carl Johnson, Jefferson County health director from 1973 to 1981,
directed numerous studies on contaminationlevels and public
health risks. Based on his conclusions, Johnson opposed
housing development near Rocky Flats. He was fired.

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On June 6, 1989 the FBI and EPA raided the facility.
They discovered numerous violations of federal
anti-pollution laws, including contamination
of water and soil.

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In 1992, Rockwell, the plant’s management company, pled guilty to environmental
crimes and paid an $18.5 million fine. This was the largest fine
for an environmental crime to that date.

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The half-life of the most common radioactive isotope or form of the element released, Pu-239, is 24,000 years.
Plutonium waste will continue to harm the environment and people in the area for thousands of years.

**All of the information on these slides can be found in the resources compiled on this site.
The primary sources are Wikipedia and Nuclear physicist/Expert in the process of manufacturing
nuclear weapons, Tom Cochran’s analysis of some of the practices at Rocky Flats for the class-action
lawsuit, Merilyn Cook et al vs. Rockwell International Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company.

Being an Informed Home Buyer

The purpose of this page is to provide information for prospective new home buyers in Arvada, Colorado. Candelas - under construction in northern Jefferson County, is immediately south of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. Arvada community advocates are reaching out to new home buyers interested in Candelas due to the very close proximity to Rocky Flats, to make sure they are aware of possible contamination from plutonium and other toxic materials.

Many homeowners in the nearby town of Superior, which is on the northern border of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge area, were very upset when they learned they were raising their children just miles from the site of a nuclear weapons plant that was infamous for causing the costliest environmental clean-up in American history. Like the Superior home-owners, Arvadans were shocked to learn that there is no requirement to inform potential home-buyers of the history of plant or risks associated with living near the site.

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About Candelas

The Candelas housing project has raised concern among members of the Arvada community dues to it’s close proximity to the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant.

Health Concerns

Developers and Real Estate agents are not required to disclose information about the history of the land where Candelas homes are currently being built.

History of Rocky Flats

Although the visual reminders of the plant have been removed, the dangerous aftermath will remain for over 200,000 years which is the half-life of plutonium.

Resources

Researching for a new home is a long and arduous process. Here is a list of resources to make it easier for you to learn about this development,

How You Can Help


Raising awareness about the history of Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant in order to protect the health and safety of citizens who live in neighboring communities as well as people interested in moving to the area. The best thing you can do to help is spread the word about Candelas Concerns. Please use the links below to share this information with those you care about.


Stop Building through Rocky Flats

Building a tolled four-lane highway and future hiking and biking trails on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, formerly Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, will cause plutonium and other radioactive materials to be released into the air, soil and water endangering the health, safety and well-being of surrounding communities. We need to set a precedent to every superfund site that any development on former nuclear sites is not acceptable!

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Let your voice be heard

Contact the Jefferson County Office of Public Health Policy and Planning and share your concerns about building a tolled four-lane highway and future hiking and biking trails on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, formerly Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Doing so will cause plutonium and other radioactive materials to be released into the air, soil and water endangering the health, safety and well-being of surrounding communities. We need to set a precedent to every nuclear Superfund site that any development on former nuclear sites is not acceptable!

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