STOP the building of a toll road, trails and bike paths on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge
  • Petitioning Rachel Zenzinger
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City of Arvada Mayor Pro Tem/Council Member
Rachel Zenzinger
City of Arvada Mayor
Marc Williams
City of Westminster Mayor Pro Tem
Faith Winter
City of Golden Mayor
Marjorie Sloan
City of Golden Mayor Pro Tem
Joe Behm
City of Golden Council Member
Saoirse Charis-Graves
City of Golden Council Member
Marcie Miller
City of Golden Council Member
Marcia Claxton
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City of Broomfield City Council
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Town of Superior Town Board
Boulder County Commissioner
Deb Gardner
Boulder County Commissioner
Elise Jones
Boulder County Commissioner
Cindy Domenico
Rocky Flats Rep for U.S. Senator Mark Udall
Jill Ozarski
Rocky Flats Rep for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
Becca Montgomery
Rocky Flats Rep for U.S. Representative Jared Polis
Andy Schultheiss
Rocky Flats Rep for U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter
Rita Contreras
City of Arvada Council Member At-Large
Don Allard
City of Arvada Council Member At-Large
Bob Fifer
City of Arvada Council Member
Mark McGoff
City of Arvada Council Member
Bob Dyer
City of Westminster Council Member
Herb Atchison
City of Westminster Council Member
Bob Briggs
Cit of Westminster Council Member
Mark L. Kaiser
City of Golden Council Member
Bob Vermeulen (City of Golden Council Member)
City of Westminster Council Member
Mary Lindsey (City of Westminster Council Member)
City of Westminster Mayor
Nancy McNally (City of Westminster Mayor)
City of Arvada Council Member
Shelley Cook (City of Arvada Council Member)
City of Westminster Council Member
Scott Major (City of Westminster Council Member)
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Rep. Ed Perlmutter
Colorado-028
State Sen. Nancy Todd
Colorado-017
State Sen. Matt Jones
Colorado-011
State Sen. Bernie Herpin
Colorado-002
State Rep. Mark Ferrandino
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State Rep. K.C. Becker
Colorado
Sen. Mark Udall
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Sen. Michael Bennet
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Rep. Jared Polis
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State Sen. Morgan Carroll
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State Sen. Kevin Lundberg
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Colorado-010
State Rep. Dickey Hullinghorst
Colorado-018
State Sen. Rollie Heath
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State Sen. Irene Aguilar
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State Sen. Jeanne Nicholson
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State Rep. Dianne Primavera
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State Rep. Daniel Pabon
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State Rep. David Young

STOP the building of a toll road, trails and bike paths on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

    1. Marcella MacDonald
    2. Petition by

      Marcella MacDonald

      Superior, CO

Building a tolled four-lane highway and future hiking and biking trails on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, formerly Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, will cause plutonium and other radioactive materials to be released into the air, soil and water endangering the health, safety and well-being of surrounding communities.  We need to set a precedent to every superfund site that any development on former nuclear sites is not acceptable!

 

Dear friends,

I am hoping that we still live in a time where ordinary people can do extraordinary things.  I am a stay at home mom, an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pepperdine University and I consider myself an ordinary resident of the Town of Superior.  I have not owned my home for one year yet I am already contemplating moving.  This was my dream home and the house where I hoped to raise my two young boys.  Finding out about Rocky Flats “Wildlife Refuge” has changed everything!

We have only lived in Colorado for two and a half years and in the Town of Superior for less than one year.  After reading Kristen Iverson’s book, “Full Body Burden:  Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats,” I attended her lecture/book signing in Superior on February 6, 2013.  I cannot believe what is planned for the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge land in the near future.  The Town of Superior, along with the City of Golden and the Rocky Mountain Wild and WildEarth Guardians, are currently involved in litigation to stop the construction of an extension of Jefferson Parkway on the eastern edge of Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.  This land, which according to the DOE (Department of Energy) was supposed to take until 2065 and $36 billion to cleanup, was “cleaned up” in less than 10 years for only $7 billion.  It was cleaned up to standards set for a wildlife refuge worker, that being someone who is a mature adult and will have very limited exposure to the air, water and soil.  

The National Academy of Sciences has stated repeatedly, in their studies of low-dose radiation exposure, that any dose of radiation is potentially harmful.  The Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge was cleaned up to the following measurements (curies being a measure of radiation that a radioactive particle emits):  the first 3 feet of topsoil was cleaned to 50 picocuries per gram, the soil from 3-6 feet below the surface was cleaned to 1,000-7,000 picocuries per gram and below 6 feet there is no limit to the amount of plutonium and the radiation it is emitting.  Average background radiation levels are 0.04 picocuries which means the “cleanest” part of Rocky Flats was cleaned up to 1,250 times the average backround level of radiation.  Natural background radiation levels before man experimented with nuclear devices did not contain plutonium.  There is no disputing there is plutonium in the soil at the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge because it was “cleaned up” in a matter that left it there.  The no limit to the amount of plutonium below 6 feet is what really scares me!  Obviously digging for anchors to support a major toll road will require digging further than 6 feet into the ground.  No one knows how much and exactly where the plutonium is buried throughout the refuge.  The exposure to surrounding towns could lead to major health repercussions for residents, especially those that are downwind. 

There are no studies to review the effects of plutonium exposure on the residents of surrounding towns while Rocky Flats was producing plutonium triggers, which is why there is no known impact to what building the Jefferson Parkway toll road extension will have.  While there are many cases of different cancers in people and animals that lived near Rocky Flats during operation and cleanup, due to many fires that emitted plutonium into the air (the last one being in 2003) as well as the storage of leaking barrels onsite seeping into the water supply, a formal health study has not been conducted since Dr. Carl Johnson’s report in the 1980s (which states that workers and local residents had higher than normal rates of cancer, brain tumors and leukemia).  There are over 3,000 pounds of plutonium that was unaccounted for when Rocky Flats was operational; that is beyond unacceptable!  I am not against the building of a Jefferson Parkway toll road; I am against the building of a Jefferson Parkway toll road on land that is part of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge and formerly part of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.  I am also not against extending and connecting trails around the metro Denver area and Boulder county; I am against connecting and building new trails on the land that is part of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge and formerly part of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.

In Washington D.C. Rocky Flats has already been used as a “successful” cleanup and conversion of a nuclear site and it is being used to rationalize “cleaning up” and converting other nuclear sites around the United States.  Japan is also watching what we are doing to provide insight to the cleanup they have in store due to the catastrophic nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011, which was the result of a tsunami.  This is a local, national and international issue.  We need to set a precedent that disturbing land that contains an unknown amount of nuclear, radioactive contaminants is not acceptable and should not be lawful.  No one, no matter how high in government they may be, should be allowed to build roads, clear trails or construct homes near land that has formerly been involved in nuclear activities.

National, state and local governments need to finally bear the burden enacting legislation that forbids public access on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge for the next 24,000 years and beyond.  Plutonium has a half life of 24,000 years.  In 24,000 years, half of the plutonium that exists on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge will still be radioactive and we have no clue what is below 6 feet on the refuge land.  There should not be a toll road, citizens hiking and biking, field trips for school children, or homes and businesses on this land or butting up against it.  This will undoubtedly open up health risks once again for citizens residing in the area.  There has already been enough risk taken in the last few decades when Rocky Flats was an operational plant producing plutonium triggers.  In the center of the the wildlife refuge there is still a 1,300 acre portion that is so contaminated with plutonium that federal and state officials say it is not safe for human activity.  We need to rally together and say that this small portion of land in our state is a remarkable part of local, national and world history but needs to stay just that, history.  We do not need to continue the history of medical problems that have plagued the area while Rocky Flats was operational and being cleaned up.  There is no argument that can trump the well being of humans.  Almost exactly a year ago the Boulder Daily Camera published an article: “Study: Rocky Flats area still as contaminated with plutonium as 40 years ago”.  Is it not enough to know that the site is still as contaminated as it was before the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant was closed and cleaned up?  What can I do to urge you and your colleagues to protect everyone living in the area of Rocky Flats?  Please put pressure on the city councils of Boulder, Broomfield, Arvada, Westminster, Superior, Golden and ALL state elected officials to prevent construction of a toll road, hiking and biking trails and any public access on Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.  Please take a moment to sign my petition at:  https://www.change.org/petitions/local-city-councils-and-all-colorado-state-elected-officials-stop-toll-road-and-trails-bike-paths-on-rocky-flats-wildlife-refuge

Very Respectfully,

Marcella MacDonald

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for writing to me and for your civic engagement. I reached out to legislative services for assistance in replying to your concerns. Here is what we found out from with Bill Ray, Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Director of t...


    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for your engagement in the legislative process. I have discussed this movement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. I am assured that the testing down indicates there will not be a health issue.

      Si...


    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Bob Vermeulen responds:

      Bob Vermeulen

      Stop it. The toll road makes no sense other than to certain developers. Dont disturb the plutonium, don't force a highway through Golden, and dont create a toll road that fails to address real needs and ignores the true environmental imp...


    6. Decision-maker Donald Beezley responds:

      Donald Beezley

      Dear Concerned Voter,
      Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Jefferson Parkway and the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge. The health and safety of all Coloradoans is my highest priority here in the State Assembly.
      The agreement t t...


    7. C-Span Panel Discussion on the Environment 3/10/2013

      Marcella MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      Please watch and share this video about Rocky Flats!

      http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311175-4

      Panel Discussion on The Environment - C-SPAN Video Library

      Authors Kristen Iversen, [Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats], and Bill Carter, [Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper The Metal That Runs the World], talked about the environment. They spoke and responded to questions at the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books, which took place on the campus of the University of Arizona on March 9-10, 2013.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Decision-maker Dianne Primavera responds:

      Dianne Primavera

      Dear Concerned Citizens,

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Jefferson Parkway and the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge. The health and safety of all Coloradans is my highest priority here in the State Assembly.
      The agreement ...


    10. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I have received many messages
      regarding the proposed completion of the Denver beltway through a Jefferson County
      toll road and development in the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.

      I cho...


    11. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I have received many messages
      regarding the proposed completion of the Denver beltway through a Jefferson County
      toll road and development in the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.

      I cho...


    12. Decision-maker Jeanne Nicholson responds:

      Jeanne Nicholson

      Dear Constituents:

      I want to thank all of you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. I want to assure you that I am aware of your concerns, and I am working to organize a meeting with key parties to learn more a...


    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. In less then a week, the petition has made some news 3/7/2013

      Marcella MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      The Boulder Daily Camera has written an article about the petition! Please keep spreading the word that Rocky Flats should be left undisturbed. All of Rocky Flats should be never be developed or be open to the public!

      http://www.dailycamera.com/superior-news/ci_22734377/superior-stay-at-home-mom-launches-online-petition

    15. Reached 750 signatures
    16. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for your engagement in democracy. I will be researching the issue at hand and work to be sure that there is no threat to the health, safety and welfare of the people of Colorado.

      Senator Aguilar


    17. 9 News article and video clip 3/1/2013

      Marcella MacDonald
      Petition Organizer

      This is the 9 News report that aired 3/1/2013 about Jefferson Parkway being labeled one of the 50 worst projects. Note Bill Ray's comments that there is nothing beyond background levels of plutonium...obviously not true since the "cleanest" part of Rocky Flats (the topsoil down to 3 feet) was cleaned up to 1250 times the background level.

      http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=320505

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for your civic engagement and for writing to me. I will be investigating this porposal and analyze whether there are any risks to the people of Colorado.

      Senator Aguilar


    20. Decision-maker Bob Vermeulen responds:

      Bob Vermeulen

      I do not support a tollway


    21. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for writing to me and for your engagement in the legislative process. Thank you for making me aware of this concern.

      I will ask Legislative Council to update me on this issue and what role state legislators can play.

      Sinc...


    22. Decision-maker Bob Vermeulen responds:

      Bob Vermeulen

      I cannot believe that people think that it is OK to develop this land and put all of the people in the area, most of all our precious children, at risk. To develop this land is to put the health of thousands of people at risk.


    23. Decision-maker Bob Vermeulen responds:

      Bob Vermeulen

      We don't need the development. People's health is much more important. It's that simple.


    24. Reached 250 signatures
    25. Decision-maker Bob Vermeulen responds:

      Bob Vermeulen

      We need to quit pretending that this area is safe for any kind of development.


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Shawn Hendrickson DENVER, CO
      • 5 days ago

      Common sense-- don't put people's lives in jeopardy for a few folks' profits!

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    • Hemrey Moseley ARVADA, CO
      • 10 days ago

      former employee

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    • Lonna Abbott NORTHWOOD, NH
      • 12 days ago

      my daughter and her family live in Westminster and she worries about this all the time

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    • Kim Peterson ASPEN, CO
      • 20 days ago

      I live in Arvada and have a young child and am concerned about the long-term effects if this land is further disturbed.

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    • Judith Eberwein ARVADA, CO
      • 20 days ago

      Since I've lived in this part of Arvada for 40 years it is incredulous to me that any city, county, state would allow any disturbance of this highly toxic area. Seems like a lot of greed!

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