Gary Thompson was a long-time worker at Rocky Flats, a member of the Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Board, and an employee of Kaiser-Hill during cleanup at the decommissioned plant. In this interview, he talks about what needs to be done at Rocky Flats, reflecting on his experience with multiple aspects of plant production: research chemistry (manager of a chemical research group), plutonium recovery (building 771), program management, transition management, Special Materials Management and Integration, and Nuclear Operations. Gary offers a candid perspective of the challenges facing the facility – risks, hazards, and social hurdles – and also touches on the issue of incineration at Rocky Flats as well as elsewhere in the nuclear industrial complex.
This interview is part of a series of interviews about the Rock Flats nuclear weapons plant.
Listen to CD and view transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.