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Rocky Flats: Support needed to protect public health

In Environment, Nuclear Guardianship, Plutonium, Rocky Flats, Wildlife Refuge on August 31, 2010 at 8:10 am

As you may already know, a citizen sampling project sponsored by RMPJC recently found plutonium in breathable particles (its most dangerous form) at one location off the Rocky Flats site, tentatively at another. One of these suggests that future visitors to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge may be exposed to plutonium; the other one shows that plutonium is inside homes and other buildings in areas downwind of the Rocky Flats site. We at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center sent letters  to government officials with recommendations re. what government agencies should do. The letters are posted at http://www.rmpjc.org/about+recs+re.+Pu+sampling+

For our recommendations to be taken seriously, we need others to support them by sending brief email notes as follows:

Regarding the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, please send emails to the following officials with this message: I (we) urge you to implement these two recommendations recently made by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center: 1) Set up a program to sample dust in surface soil at Rocky Flats for its plutonium content; and 2) Manage the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge as open space that remains closed to the public.
Send to <david.geiser@hq.doe.gov., <Will_Shafroth@ios.doi.gov>, <Martin.Jim@epa.gov>, <martha.rudolph@state.co.us>
with copies to <scott.surovchak@lm.doe.gov>, <Jim_Kurth@fws.gov>, <steve_Berendzen@fws.gov>, <carl.spreng@state.co.us>

Regarding the off-site area known to be contaminated with plutonium released from Rocky Flats, please send emails to the following officials with this message:   I (we) urge you to implement these two recommendations made by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center: 1) Establish a program to sample indoor dust for plutonium content for all who request it for buildings located within the area known to be contaminated with plutonium released from Rocky Flats; 2) Monitor the health of affected people in this area.
Send to Steven Chu <the.secretary@hq.doe.gov>, “Triay, Ines” <Ines.Triay@em.doe.gov>, david.geiser@hq.doe.gov
with copies to <scott.surovchak@lm.doe.gov>, <Martin.Jim@epa.gov>, <martha.rudolph@state.co.us>

If you wish to do an additional favor, you can send copies of each of your brief messages to the following members of Congress:  Senator Mark Udall, Senator Michael Bennet, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Ed Perlmutter.  Google the congress member’s name to get access to email for that person.

I’d appreciate being copied at <leroymoore@earthlink.net> on your emails. Please do your bit soon. We’ve asked the government agencies to get back to us by October 1. Feel free to share this message with others.

PS: Here’s the identity of the people to whom messages would go:
Steven Chu is Secretary of Energy; Inez Triay is Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management (responsible for cleanup of DOE sites); David Geiser heads DOE’s Legacy Management program; Scott Surovchak Is the DOE Legacy Management administrator at Rocky Flats.
Will Shafroth heads the part of Dept of Interior that includes all national wildlife refuges; James Kurth is the Deputy Manager for US Fish & Wildlife Service of National Wildlife Refuges; Steve Berendzen is the Manager of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
James Martin administers EPA Region 8 in Denver; Martha Rudolph heads the Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment; Carl Spreng administers CDPHE’s Rocky Flats work.

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