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.

Goldfield, Joe and Roslyn – OH1501
Interview Date: 2002

Joe Goldfield helped expose the quantities of plutonium, and contingent dangers, which were concealed during Rocky Flats cleanup assessments. Joe died in 2002; much of this interview is carried on with Roslyn Goldfield, his wife, though Joe’s work remains the … Continue reading

Grumbly, Tom – OH1207
Interview Date: 2004

People: Roy Romer Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: conditions at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, description of building interiors and work environment, deterioration of buildings, safety at Rocky Flats, cleanup of Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, job overseeing … Continue reading

Guyer, Raymond – OH1502
Interview Date: 1998

In 1958 Ray Guyer was hired as an Assistant Chemical Operator at Rocky Flats. He was 20 years old when he was hired, and he continued to work for Rocky Flats for the next 40 years. Eventually he landed in … Continue reading

Gyosen, Sawada Shonin – OH1607
Interview Date: 2000

Buddhist monk Gyosen Sawada Shonin belongs to an order that works for world peace and nuclear disarmament. He came to the United States from Japan in 1978 and decided to settle in the Boulder area to make his spiritual practice … Continue reading

Hawley, Robert William – OH0908
Interview Date: 1997

People: Joseph W. Hawley (father, district attorney in Trinidad), Lorne Mathison (scientist at Dow Chemical), Robert Oppenheimer   Places: Los Alamos (New Mexico), Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.), Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant   Topics: Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), attitudes towards … Continue reading

Haynes, Charles G. – OH1167
Interview Date: 2003

Charles (Jerry) Haynes chronicles his work at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Beginning in 1962, in radiation monitoring and the area of health and safety, all the way to the end of production. He goes into detail about the buildings, … Continue reading

Hazle, Al – OH1154
Interview Date: July 22, 2003

Topics: Job as Colorado Department of Health liaison to Rocky Flats Plant, Rocky Flats: health and safety issues, soil and air sampling to test for radioactive contamination, Tritium contamination in Broomfield water supply, testing people living in proximity to Rocky … Continue reading

Hebert, Joe (Joseph) L. – OH1385
Interview Date: 2005

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: job at Rocky Flats beginning in 1974 in industrial engineering (including positions as head of facilities engineering and project management, shift superintendent), work at Rocky Flats through demolition of buildings, funding the cost … Continue reading

Hill, John E. – OH0998
Interview Date: 1999

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant   Topics:  attitude toward protests, FBI raid, beryllium protection, Boulder residence, contractor change from Dow to Rockwell, feelings about safety at Rocky Flats, fires in 1957 and 1969, radiation monitoring work at Rocky Flats, … Continue reading

Hoffman, Rodney – OH1166
Interview Date: 2003

Topics: Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, instrument development, product engineering, job as classification analyst, Q-clearance, difference between Rocky Flats contractors (Dow Chemical, Rockwell, EG&G, Kaiser Hill), safety, beryllium, portrayal in the media, 1969 (Mother’s Day) fire, FBI raid, need for … Continue reading

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