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  • Writer's pictureZachary Epps

Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

The Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge continues to be wrought with controversy. The latest in recent weeks is centered around the opening this fall of trails.

It seems to me that full disclosure of the history of Rocky Flats is the key. Therefore, we should be given the choice to use the trails or not, depending on our level of comfort with the perceived risk.

Many of those opposed to the opening of the Rocky Flats area to public use aren’t even in Colorado. Groups from as far away as Maryland, Kansas City, and Santa Barbara have rallied against public use of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.

Local groups like Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice. Additionally, Candelas Glows, Rocky Flats Right to Know, and Environmental Information Network have spoken out against use of Rocky Flats land.

The reference to Candelas Glows comes from the name of a local housing development on the south east portion of the mesa formerly home to the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility.

US Fish and Wildlife Service  staff has come out with statements this year that they support the opening of the trails. They refer to recommendations and conclusions of state and federal public heath experts stating the area is safe for public use.

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