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Author Ackland, Len.

Title Making a real killing : Rocky Flats and the nuclear West / Len Ackland.

Imprint Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1999.

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 Moore Stacks  UF534.C6 A25 1999    Available  ---
Edition 1st ed.
Description xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-293) and index.
Contents Rich Pastures -- Big Ed and the Bomb -- A $45 Million Plant -- Behind the Fences -- Neutrons Trotting Around -- Expect a Fire, but Produce -- Arms Race and Waste -- Close Call--The Mother's Day Fire -- A Magnet for Scientists and Activists -- Local Hazard, Global Threat -- Under Siege -- Whistleblowers and the Feds -- Shutdown -- Infinity Rooms.
Summary "Just as huge nuclear explosions result from small spheres of plutonium, the story of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver, Colorado, is much larger than itself. It is about the Church family, who came west seeking gold in 1861, stayed to raise cattle, watched the federal government take a large piece of its land for the weapons plant in 1951 - and now is busily developing real estate in the booming suburbs next to the contaminated plant site. It is about the government and private corporations that produced the deadliest devices in history for thirty-seven years, concealed problems behind the wall of national security secrecy, and came close to a Chernobyl-scale disaster during a 1969 fire.
It is about plant managers who cut corners to maintain weapons production, workers who saw themselves as loyal Cold War soldiers, and citizen activists who challenged the plant's very existence. And it is about a community that profited from thousands of jobs and contracts but now faces long-term environmental and health risks."--Jacket.
Subject Rocky Flats Plant (U.S.) -- History.
Nuclear weapons plants -- Environmental aspects -- Colorado.
Church family.
Golden Region (Colo.) -- History.
ISBN 0826318770 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780826318770 (cloth : alk. paper)