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.

Hogan, Bill (William) J. and Judy (Judith) A.; with Stacey, Wyman – OH1394
Interview Date: 2005

People: Charlie McKay, Marcus McKay Places:Hogan Ranch near Highway 93 between Boulder and Golden, Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: Rocky Flats Lounge at 11229 Highway 93, six-hundred-acre Hogan Ranch homesteaded by Bill Hogan’s great-grandfather, proximity of ranch and lounge … Continue reading

Holst, John L. – OH0893
Interview Date: 1997

Subjects: Rocky Flats employees; Rocky Flats; Marshall Hill; Nuclear weapons; plutonium; protests at Rocky Flats; Dow Chemical; Rockwell International; Atomic Energy Commission; Department of Energy; security clearance. A typewritten summary of the interview is available.

Honeyman, Bruce D. – OH2032
Interview Date: December 16, 2015

Dr. Honeyman is an Associate Vice President for Research at the Colorado School of Mines. In this interview he talks about his involvement with Rocky Flats, from about 1997 to 2002: providing Kaiser Hill with expert analysis of remediation efforts; … Continue reading

Hunter, Duane – OH 1156
Interview Date:

PLACES Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant TOPICS Jobs as analytical chemist and as laboratory manager at Rocky Flats Buildings at Rocky Flats: 59, 76-77, 559, 707, 881 Work environment at Rocky Flats under different companies (Dow Chemical, Rockwell, EG&G, Kaiser … Continue reading

Jon S. Lipsky – OH1355
Interview Date: 2005

People: Bill Smith (EPA staff person), Ken Fimberg (U.S. Attorney’s office), Mike Norton (U.S. Attorney), Al Divers (expert in reading infrared system tapes), Ron Avery (Rocky Flats Supervisor), Jacque Brever (Rocky Flats worker and whistleblower), Dominic Sanchini (Rocky Flats manager), … Continue reading

Kassen, Melinda – OH1422
Interview Date: 2006

Melinda Kassen discusses her involvement with Rocky Flats: 1. as an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund challenging Rocky Flats’ plans to incinerate waste and pushing Colorado standards for amounts of plutonium allowed in water and soil, 2. as a … Continue reading

Kassen, Melinda – OH1531
Interview Date: 1998

Melinda Kassen offers a nuanced picture of the Rocky Flats cleanup, balancing activist concerns against the political underpinnings of site restoration. Melinda became involved in Rocky Flats in 1986 as a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund. She later chaired … Continue reading

Kava, Donald J. – OH0886
Interview Date: 1997

Rocky Flats workers; peace and environmental activists; Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant; Highway 93; Colorado School of Mines; Matterhorn Hill; Boulder, CO; Dow Chemical; Rockwell International; EG&G; Atomic Energy Commission; Department of Energy; nuclear weapons development; plutonium; security clearance; demonstrations; … Continue reading

Kelly, Jim – OH0916
Interview Date: 1997-1998

People: Art Benjamin, John Cobb, Bill Colston of AEC (plant manager), Larry Crehore (worker at Rocky Flats), Bruce Deboskey¬†(attorney), Senator John Glenn, Mark Hogan, Dr. PCarl Johnson, Pat Kelly, Tom Marshall, Dr. Edward Martel, Steve McNichols, Peter Metzger, Senator John … Continue reading

Kelly, Jim – OH1503
Interview Date: 1998

Jim Kelly began working at Rocky Flats in 1956, when he was hired as a janitor. He quickly began training toward a position as radiation monitor?a job he held for 23 years. Kelly was a union president and played a … Continue reading

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