- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called off a planned prescribed burn on the property of a former nuclear weapons plant west of Denver.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (https://tinyurl.com/qg686pv ) the agency canceled the burn Friday amid opposition from local governments and activists concerned about the danger of contamination.

The burn was to be slightly more than 1 square mile to reduce the danger of a wildfire at the former Rocky Flats plant, which is now a wildlife refuge. It was to occur in March or April.

Rocky Flats made plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons from 1952 through 1989.

After a $7 billion cleanup, most of the 8-square-mile property became a wildlife refuge. The Department of Energy, which ran the plant, retains control of about 1.5 square miles.


Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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