Fox, Dick


Title
Fox, Dick
Creator:
Fox, Dick(Richard), 1940-, interviewee; Nordhaus, Hannah, interviewer;
Date Recorded:
2004
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Description:

Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant

Topics: job as chief for Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Section of the Colorado Health Department, Jefferson County Health Department monitoring of air pollution sources at Rocky Flats, work at Rocky Flats from 1989 to 2000 in monitoring emissions (types of emissions monitored, modeling of emissions compared to actual emissions, problems found and corrected, description of equipment used, issue of background or natural radiation and beryllium soil content, state-of-the-art cleaning methods being used, many previously unknown emissions sources mostly well-controlled, levels of cooperation by Rocky Flats workers and management, evaluation of differences in working with the different contractors, comparison of emissions from Rocky Flats and other industries), secrecy at Rocky Flats, changes in federal and state regulations that affected nuclear plants in the 1980s, public’s concern about radiation, FBI raid (evidence of FBI incinerator emissions photos being incorrect, led to greater Health Department involvement and better quality monitoring), buildings at Rocky Flats (use of equipment for monitoring potential contamination of workers, use of gloveboxes for containment of dangerous materials, description of building design), cleanup of Rocky Flats (monitoring requiremnts during cleanup phase of Rocky Flats, Health Department cleanup requirements for building interiors prior to demolition, reason for banning implosion of buildings), working with activists (protesters), emergency preparedness at Rocky Flats, frustration with media’s twisting of truth to fit a story line.

Subject:
Fox, Dick (Richard), 1940-
Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (U.S.)
Rocky Flats Plant (U.S.)
Health risk assessment Colorado Rocky Flats.
Nuclear weapons plants Health aspects Colorado Rocky Flats.
Nuclear weapons Press coverage Colorado Rocky Flats.
Radiation dosimetry.
Radioactive waste sites Cleanup Colorado Rocky Flats.
Boulder (Colo.) History Biography.
Language:
eng
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Local call number:
OH1317
Copyright:
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