Kassen, Melinda


Title
Kassen, Melinda
Creator:
Kassen, Melinda, interviewee; Del Tredici, Robert, interviewer; Moore, LeRoy, interviewer;
Date Recorded:
1998
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Description:

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 the budget committee of the Colorado Council on Rocky Flats and, in 1993, became environmental counsel to the House Armed Services Committee where she wrote legislation requiring the Department of Energy to do a baseline Environmental Management Report. Ultimately she returned to Denver to work for Rocky Flats cleanup contractor Kaiser-Hill. This interview details Melinda’s participation in national dialogue about Rocky Flats; she shares her unique perspective as both outside activist and “insider” during the Flats’ cleanup.

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Subject:
Kassen, Melinda.
Kaiser-Hill Company.
Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (U.S.)
Rocky Flats Plant (U.S.)
Nuclear weapons plants Environmental aspects Colorado Rocky Flats.
Political activists Colorado Rocky Flats.
Political participation Colorado Rocky Flats.
Radioactive waste sites Cleanup Colorado Rocky Flats.
Boulder (Colo.) History.
Language:
eng
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Local call number:
OH1531
Copyright:
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