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.

Minelli, Carol K. – OH0924
Interview Date: 1998

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant   Topics: Dow Chemical Company, “Mother Dow”, Rockwell International, EG&G, Kaiser Hill, Affirmative Action at Rocky Flats, hiring women and minorities, labor negotiations, safety, security precautions, feelings about protests, personnel issues, workers’ health.   … Continue reading

Miullo, Nat (Nathaniel) J. – OH1396
Interview Date: 2005

People: Fred Dowsett, Jim Stone, Jon Lipsky, Jim Morris Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA – Superfund law), jurisdiction of EPA and … Continue reading

Moore, LeRoy – OH1118
Interview Date: 2002

People: Sawada Gyoshen, Admiral James Watkins, Daniel Ellsberg, Todd Buchanan, Pam Solo Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Boulder Topics:  family background, stopping father’s physical abuse, education, Rocky Flats protests, April 1979 civil disobedience by blockade of railroad tracks, arrest, … Continue reading

Moore, LeRoy – OH1387
Interview Date: 2005

People: Admiral James Watkins, Tom Rauch, Jan Pilcher, Jason Salzman, Ken Korkia, Iggy Litaor, Charles McKay, Marcus Church, Mary Margaret Golten, Mark Silverman, Jessie Roberson Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: Department of Energy (DOE), Rocky Flats contractors (Rockwell, … Continue reading

Moore, LeRoy – OH1592
Interview Date: 2009

DESCRIPTION In his talk, recorded at Naropa University, Dr. LeRoy Moore discusses the life history of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant from the point of view of his own political evolution, the history of the plant itself and of … Continue reading

Morrison, John E. – OH1174
Interview Date: 2003

People: Larry Farrell   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant   Topics: Rocky Flats buildings (71 Building, 76 Building), Rocky Flats contractors (Dow Chemical, Rockwell International, EG&G), Department of Energy, job as chemical operator, 1957 and 1969 fires at Rocky … Continue reading

Nelson, Jr., Robert M. – OH1652
Interview Date: 2010

Robert Nelson, a longtime administrator at the Nevada Test Site, was interviewed about his work as manager of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in the early 1990s. He was brought in by the Department of Energy following the FBI … Continue reading

Newby, Ron – OH0945
Interview Date: 1998

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, where Ron Newby was manager of the Security Department   Subjects: Newby’s Q clearance; details of 1978 and 1979 protests and arrests; encirclement; the “Truth Force”; arrests; relationship with protesters; women in Security Department; … Continue reading

Newman, Dr. Lee Scott – OH1181
Interview Date: 2003

People: Dr. Kay Kreiss (occupational medicine and research expert at National Jewish), Dr. Lloyd Wright (Medical Director at Rocky Flats), Dr. Joe Furman (Medical Director at Rocky Flats), Dr. Bob Bistline (Health Physics at Rocky Flats) Places: National Jewish Medical … Continue reading

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

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