Calkins, Ken

Calkins, Ken
Calkins, Ken(Kenneth W.), 1926-, interviewee; Nordhaus, Hannah, interviewer;
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People: Bruce Owen

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant

Topics:  work at Rocky Flats from 1955 to 1989 (work as chemical engineer in plutonium processing, building superintendent of buildings 771 and 371), Rocky Flats compared to other chemical processing plants at which he worked, compartmentalization of work at Rocky Flats, change in organization of the nuclear industry in the 1960s, problems in design of Building 371, handling plutonium, chemical explosion in building 771, 1957 fire, 1969 fire in building 776 (mislabeled “the largest industrial fire of all time”, flammable neutron shielding in the area of the fire, use of water on the fire, cleanup after the fire, conditions and equipment, cleanup procedures, procedures to avoid creating a criticality), Glovebox Inerting Project, work to improve plutonium processing and recovery, FBI raid, decision to shut down Rocky Flats, Building 771, safety of Rocky Flats for workers and surrounding communities, evaluation of risks of plutonium contamination and penetrating radiation, thoughts about working at Rocky Flats in terms of the Cold War, thoughts about protesters, the union at Rocky Flats.
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Calkins, Ken (Kenneth W.), 1926- Owen, Bruce.
Rocky Flats Plant (U.S.)
Cold War Public opinion.
Nuclear weapons plants Safety measures Colorado Rocky Flats.
Nuclear weapons Moral and ethical aspects.
Plutonium Colorado Rocky Flats.
Boulder (Colo.) History Biography.
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