THE SIERRA CLUB OPPOSES ROCKY FLATS

The Sierra Club said in federal court Tuesday that the Rocky Flats nuclear facility, which makes triggers for nuclear weapons, should remain closed as long as it is in violation of federal environmental laws.Production of the triggers was suspended in November 1989 by the Energy Department until various chronic safety problems, including plutonium contamination, could be cleaned up. At the time it was believed the plant could reopen in several months. The lawsuit alleges that the plant has stored hazardous wastes illegally for years. The plant uses highly toxic radioactive plutonium to produce "triggers" for nuclear weapons. The Sierra Club originally filed its lawsuit in February 1989, before the shutdown, charging that the plant was in violation of environmental laws. Since the shutdown, it has amended its lawsuit, asking that plutonium processing not be resumed until hazardous waste laws are complied with.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK