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.

De Andrea, James – OH0928
Interview Date: 1998

People: Louie Di Giallonardo, Senator Floyd Haskell Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: equipment and metallurgical operator, cleaning up contamination, health worries, medical benefits for retirees, tests administered under EG&G, differences between contractors, increase in nuclear waste, FBI raid, … Continue reading

DeGrazio, Bob – OH1286
Interview Date: 2004

People: John Epp (manager at Rocky Flats), Dominic Sanchini (manager at Rocky Flats), Frend John Miner (laboratory manager at Rocky Flats) Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: study of chemistry at University of Denver under the GI bill, work … Continue reading

DelPizzo, Robert R. – OH1254
Interview Date: 2004

People: William S. Polkinghorne, Leonard Holman, Joe Campbell Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Louisville Subjects: work as lab technician at Rocky Flats, building 881 during 1959-1995, “cold side” versus “hot side”, job mobility at Rocky Flats, emissions spectroscopy, 1969 … Continue reading

DeMayo, Eugene F. – OH1388
Interview Date: 2005

People: Adam Babich Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: work with Sierra Club to oppose fluidized bed and plutonium recovery incinerators at Rocky Flats, successful lawsuits alleging violation of environmental laws, information from FBI raid and leaked Grand Jury … Continue reading

DiCiero,George – OH0913
Interview Date: 1997

People: Paul Danish, David Skaggs   Places: Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville   Topics: economic development (growth vs. no growth), Northwest Parkway link, Interlocken, Storagetek, water issues (Rocky Flats fire, plutonium in Great Western Reservoir), annexation wars, Broomfield as an “island” … Continue reading

Donachy, Barbara – OH1500
Interview Date: 1993

Artist Barbara Donachy describes her awakening to the threat of the nuclear arms race, piqued by a vivid dream. Barb talks about using clay pieces to demonstrate the big picture of nuclear proliferation: quantity, cost, and social implications. Her installation, … Continue reading

Ellsberg, Daniel – OH1137
Interview Date: 2003

People: Dr. Thomas Mancuso (scientist who studied radiation effects), Marian Doub (17-year old protester), Nancy Doub (mother of Marian) Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: United States nuclear weapons arsenal, Ellsberg’s role in nuclear war plans, the so-called “missile … Continue reading

Ellsberg, Daniel – OH1530
Interview Date: 1998

This interview was recorded at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center during a weekend of activities commemorating the 1978 demonstrations at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. Daniel Ellsberg is asked to explain his personal knowledge of U.S. military … Continue reading

Elofson, Paula Elofson-Gardine and Susan Elofson-Hurst – OH1457
Interview Date: 2007

Activism regarding safety of community surrounding Rocky Flats (government surveillance and harassment of them as activists, attending meetings and speaking out, materials written to educate the public and distributed to the media, Environmental Information Network, use and display of protest … Continue reading

Etchart, Patrick – OH0958
Interview Date: 1998

Patrick Etchart, who worked at the Rocky Flats plant since 1984, discusses his work as public affairs officer dealing with the media and the public, and its challenges. He speaks of the FBI raid in detail, details the history of … Continue reading

Page 3 of 1412345...10...Last »