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.

Nichols, Harvey – OH1507
Interview Date: 1999

Professor Harvey Nichols got involved with Rocky Flats in 1975, when he began tracking pollen drifts around the site, and testing for airborne transport of radioactive material. In this recording he discusses the health hazards implicated by his research, and … Continue reading

Pilcher, Jan – OH1508
Interview Date: 1997

Jan Pilcher got involved with activism and organizing around Rocky Flats in the early 1970s. She helped create the booklet “Local Hazard, Global Threat,” which framed citizens? concerns about Flats? operation as well as concerns about disarmament and contamination. In … Continue reading

Pilcher, Jan V. – OH1375
Interview Date: 2005

People: Morey Wolfson, Pam Solo, Howard Holme, Joan Siemen, Joe Goldfield, Ed Martell, Robert Alvarez, Glynnis Smith, Bruce DeBoskey, LeRoy Moore, Jason Salzman Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: growing up during the Cold War, seeing a nuclear weapons … Continue reading

Rauch, Thomas M. – OH0946
Interview Date: 1998

People: Thomas M. Rauch (director of “Encirclement” protest in 1983), Dr. John Cobb, Judy Danielson, John Duggan (Regis College student), Bob Fried (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Jim and Pat Kelly, Dr. Ed Martell, Jason Saltzman (Greenpeace), Niels Schonbeck, David Skaggs, … Continue reading

Rauch, Tom – OH1509
Interview Date: 1997

Tom Rauch spent 20-plus years working on issues of health, peace, and social justice related to Rocky Flats. In this interview he follows the progression of Rocky Flats committees and action groups that evolved through his years of service, mainly … Continue reading

Rehder, Tim (Timothy) R. – OH1399
Interview Date: 2006

People: Steve Tarleton (Colorado Department of Health), Hank Stovall (politician), Rill Richardson (Department of Energy Secretary) Places: (contaminated Superfund site), Ramp Industries, Inc. (contaminated Superfund site), Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: work as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulator in … Continue reading

Richmond, Lou – OH1185
Interview Date: 2004

People: Pat Palmer, Pat Brown Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: Rocky Flats, decontamination (cleanup) after 1969 fire, security force (training, duties, drills, incidents, women on force), protestors, FBI raid, closure of plant, quality of cleanup, effect on economy, … Continue reading

Roberson, Jessie M. – OH0907
Interview Date: 1997

People: Mark Silverman (former site manager of Rocky Flats)   Places: Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, Savannah River Nuclear Site   Subjects: Rocky Flats (environmental clean-up, change from nuclear weapons production to clean-up, workers and DOE employees’ attitudes towards ending … Continue reading

Rocky Flats Activists – OH1441
Interview Date: 2006

People: LeRoy Moore, Patrick Malone, Kim Grant, Charlie McKay, Judy Danielson, Pam Solo, Eric Wright, Harvey Nichols, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Jan Pilcher, Pat McCormick, Alex Mayer Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant site Subjects: Rocky Flats Cold War Museum … Continue reading

Ross, Richard H. – OH0894
Interview Date: 1997

People: Heine Fredrich Langell, Lloyd Joshel, “Bunk” Bean (all Rocky Flats employees)   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Marshall Hill   Subjects: Cold War, Dow Chemical Company, Department of Energy, plutonium, protests at Rocky Flats, Rockwell International, security clearance, … Continue reading

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