What Will Recently Opened Documents Say About Rocky Flats?

August 2009

spread_rockyflats_sFor 20 years the former workers of Rocky Flats, environmentalists, and many others have been searching for specific answers and justice regarding contamination linked to the former nuclear plant south of Boulder. Now a load of information is being released that dates back to 1989, when U.S. District Court Judge Sherman Finesilver, who passed away in 2006, impaneled Colorado grand jury 89-2 to investigate possible criminal actions in the wake of an FBI raid, writes Westword editor Patricia Calhoun. There are more than 180 boxes in the Denver Public Library being archived, a gift from Finesilver that came with the stipulation they not be opened until 2009. The trove of documents explore a range of issues, from "German restitution to swine flu to the Rocky Flats grand jury," writes Calhoun. Rocky Flats has been in the news a lot lately, thanks largely to ongoing investigative reporting at ProPublica by Laura Frank, who lost her reporting gig when the Rocky Mountain News was shuttered earlier this year. Frank's most recent story, published late last month, quotes a top doctor who claims that sick nuclear workers are being unfairly rejected from a program meant to help them. For an in-depth look at the workers and their plight, read Mike Kessler's national-award-winning feature from the November 2007 edition of 5280.