Skip to contents

Rocky Flats

Rocky Flats
Rocky Flats

New tests find lower radioactivity at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Earlier tests from a different part of the buffer zone found elevated levels of plutonium, while a second test from the same area showed lower levels


Plutonium found in Rocky Flats soil near Denver, though 2nd test shows lower level

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results


Wildlife roam where U.S. once made nuclear and chemical arms, like at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rocky Flats

An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons complexes — mostly for nuclear or chemical arms — because the sites banned the public and other intrusions for decades


Federal prosecutors say they can’t find files on investigation into Rocky Flats nuclear arms plant

The files have remained secret since the investigation ended with criminal charges in 1992


After growing up in proximity to military contamination, author felt moved to examine how lands were converted to wildlife refuge

David Havlick's field work sent him all over the world -- including pedaling through central Europe and researching militarized sites in Japan

SunLit Interviews

On militarized landscapes in Colorado and beyond, can we successfully preserve both history and environment?

In "Bombs Away," the author examines sites like Rocky Flats and Hanford in search of ways restoration can "honor the sacrifices demanded of both nature and culture"

Book Excerpts

Activists want details on 27-year-old criminal investigation into Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant

The government built plutonium triggers at the Rocky Flats plant from 1952 to 1989. It was shut down after a two-year grand jury investigation into environmental violations.