Collection: Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant

The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which operated for about 50 years beginning in the early 1950s, manufactured the plutonium pit that is the explosive detonator of a hydrogen bomb. This collection examines the history of the plant from many points of view. It contains more than 150 interviews with workers, managers, regulators, protestors, and people in the surrounding community.

Anderson, Herman Conrad – OH0917
Interview Date: 1997

People: Bobby Anderson, Richard Anderson (sons, football players)   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Boulder home at 1710 Sunset Boulevard   Topics: Rocky Flats (chemical laboratories, safety, plutonium, gloveboxes, plutonium in duct work, clean-up), Dow Chemical Company, Rockwell International. … Continue reading

Beacham, John A. – OH0898
Interview Date: 1997

People: Ben Tandy (gold miner)   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant   Topics:┬áRocky Flats contractors (Dow Chemical, Rockwell International, EG&G), safety at Rocky Flats, protestors at Rocky Flats, recent gold mining (1970’s) on Sugarloaf Mountain, llama raising. A typewritten … Continue reading

Bistline, Bob – OH1334
Interview Date: 2005

People: Carl J. Johnson Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: description of facilities in Buildings 122 and 123 (facilities for decontamination of workers, lung counter facilities, disposition of lung counters including one to Russia), radiation monitoring, exposure and decontamination … Continue reading

Bistline, Dr. Bob – OH0959
Interview Date: 1999

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Mayak nuclear facility in Russia (Ural Mountains)   Topics: Health Physics at Rocky Flats, lung counters for detecting plutonium in workers’ lungs, radiation cytogenetic studies (chromosome studies of workers), Environmental Research Department at Rocky … Continue reading

Bogard, Chuck – OH1281
Interview Date: 2004

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: work at Rocky Flats from 1955 to 1995 (engineering and plant design, Shift Superintendent, Emergency Director), design of gloveboxes for work with plutonium, Buildings 111, 991, 76 (776), 771, offsite location for engineering … Continue reading

Brever, Jacque – OH1210
Interview Date: 2004

People: Karen Pitts (fellow chemical operator at Rocky Flats), Ron Avery (foreman at Rocky Flats), Caron Balkany (attorney, author of “The Ambushed Grand Jury”) Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: work as chemical operator in Building 771 beginning in … Continue reading

Brever, Jacque – OH1498
Interview Date: 1999

Jacque Brever was hired at Rocky Flats in 1982, when she was 25 years old. She started in the cafeteria, worked her way into a position as chemical operator, and became a whistleblower after the 1989 FBI raid. In this … Continue reading

Brown, Freda and Richard – OH0601
Interview Date: 1992

People: Josephine Roche,┬áTim Wirth, John Lewis.   Places: Lafayette, Rocky Flats, Gross Dam.   Topics: Coal mining, Simpson Mine, machinery, World War I, Valley roads, school, Watts Hardy Dairy, Black Lung Disease, Black Powder, fires, Columbine Mine, carbide lamps, New … Continue reading

Brown, Janet – OH0940
Interview Date: 1998

Janet Brown, a disabled Rocky Flats worker, describes the neurological illness that caused her disability, and her work to help other disabled Rocky Flats workers retain their medical benefits. She also discusses her career at Rocky Flats, in which she … Continue reading

Brown, Janet – OH1499
Interview Date: 1998

Janet Brown was a metallurgical technician at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and then a machinist at Rocky Flats, beginning in 1982. She became disabled with epileptic seizures and subsequently helped form the organization Rocky Flats Retired and Disabled Workers. … Continue reading

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