Award Date

Fall 1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. Delbert Barth, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Number of Pages

35

Abstract

The Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site is located in Golden, Colorado. It is situated on 384 acres in a 6,550-acre natural preserve. Rocky Flats ended its original mission in 1989, after raids on the site by both the FBI and the EPA for illegal dumping and other environmental violations. Since then the site has been scheduled for cleanup. This thesis will provide background information on the site and on the company hired to perform the cleanup. It also provides an evaluation of some key policies regarding the cleanup procedures. Since the end of the cold war, the production of nuclear weapons has ceased. The proposed cost of cleaning up such sites is dramatically higher than for similar sites not involved in the nuclear industry. This cost differential leads us to the inevitable conclusion that since such sites already exist, we must maintain efficient means of cleanup. Because a major factor in the cost is the speed or amount of time it takes to cleanup a site. So there is a need for streamlining the proposed cleanup of this site and others like it. To keep cost as low as possible.

Keywords

Colorado – Golden; Radioactive waste sites — Cleanup; Radioactive waste sites – Cleanup – Contracting out; Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (U.S.)

Disciplines

Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Sciences

Language

English


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