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.
Listen to CD and view transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.