A nearby town is suing over fears that the land, once home to a nuclear weapons facility, still poses a threat
The nations newest national wildlife refuge, filled with swaying prairie grass and home to a herd of elk, is slated to open next month just outside Colorados largest city.
But seven Denver metro area school districts have already barred school-sanctioned field trips to the preserve. A top local health official says he would probably never hike there. And a town is suing over what the soil might contain.
The threat posed by contamination at Rocky Flats and its effect on visiting children appears to be an issue of dispute amongst experts, Lisa Flores, a Denver public schools board of education member, told the Guardian. Until we have definitive assurances of child safety, we will exercise an abundance of caution.
The 2,119-hectare (5,237-acre) Rocky Flats national wildlife refuge, due to open this autumn, sits on land surrounding what once was a nuclear weapons production facility. From 1951 to 1989, the Rocky Flats Plant manufactured plutonium triggers grapefruit-sizespheres that, when compressed by explosives, catalyze a nuclear reaction.