February 27, 1990 |
The volume of radioactive waste generated at the troubled Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado has been cut by half in recent months. It should be reduced by half again next summer, easing a storage crisis building for more than a year, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins told the nation's governors here Monday.
January 14, 1990 |
Twelve people who were exposed to the metal beryllium while working at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have contracted a deadly lung disease, an Energy Department study obtained by a newspaper says. Eight current Rocky Flats workers and four retired employees tested positive for berylliosis, the Denver Post reported in Sunday editions.
December 9, 1989
Two government agencies that oversee the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver signed a draft agreement assigning responsibility to begin cleaning up the contaminated complex "almost immediately." The Department of Energy put off signing the document until next week because of a financial snag. The EPA and Colorado Department of Health signed the document, which would be a blueprint for carrying out cleanup priorities agreed on in principle by Gov. Roy Romer and Energy Secretary James D.
December 2, 1989 |
Energy Secretary James D. Watkins said Friday that plutonium operations will be halted indefinitely at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant until all safety concerns are met. Watkins also announced a major management shake-up at the plant, and said the new management structure will make the plant more responsive to safety concerns.
October 12, 1989 |
The Bush Administration found no takers Wednesday for its plan to send excess radioactive waste from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant to seven states in order to avert a possible plant shutdown. "No sale," Washington Gov. Booth Gardner said after receiving a telephone plea from White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu and a personal visit from Mike Lawrence, manager of the Hanford weapons plant near Richland.
September 23, 1989 |
The Energy Department announced Friday that Rockwell International Corp. will bow out as operator of the beleaguered Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant and a new company will take its place. The action marks the final breach between Rockwell and the department, apparently over the growing problem of hazardous waste at the plant and responsibility for the disposal of that waste. Energy Secretary James D.
September 19, 1989
Federal energy and environmental officials announced an agreement for handling wastes from the federal Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver, an issue that had threatened to close the plant. The problem arose because of concern by officials from the Department of Energy and Rockwell International Corp., which runs the plant for the department, about their personal liability for the plant's failure to follow environmental laws by storing the mixed wastes at the plant.