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Rocky Flats Oversight

The massive effort is complete by the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor Kaiser/Hill Inc. to clean up the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS), the former DOE nuclear weapons plant west of Standley Lake and the City of Westminster. The Department of Energy, the U.S. EPA and Colorado Department of Health and Environment accepted and certified physical completion in October 2005.

The next process is the 12- to 18-month "regulatory closure" before the site is transitioned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife refuge. The process involves the drafting and approval of a variety of monitoring plans for surface water, groundwater and air, and overall oversight and monitoring of the retained lands by the DOE. The regulatory closure process is expected to be completed by mid-2008.

The City of Westminster, and other Standley Lake cities including Thornton and Northglenn and the City and County of Broomfield, strongly advocated for and now support the national wildlife refuge as the permanent land use for the RFETS, which will assure water quality management on the RFETS site. The DOE will retain approximately 1,000 acres of the former the industrial site and has fenced off this property from public access. The wildlife refuge will be comprised of approximately 5,000 acres of land that will be separate and apart from the DOE property.

The Westminster Public Works and Utilities Department's special projects coordinator serves as liaison to Westminster City Council and its representative on the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council board of directors. Staff oversees the city's interests and to ensure a safe long-term water quality monitoring.

The City of Westminster, along with Thornton and Northglenn, are the members of the Woman Creek Reservoir Authority, whose mission is to provide long-term water quality oversight and technical support to the cities, including the City of Westminster.

City staff is taking an active role in supporting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in final development plans and the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the development of the national wildlife refuge at Rocky Flats. Staff is also taking a leadership role in forming a wildlife refuge "Friends Group," which will provide community support and volunteer services to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in development and operations of the wildlife refuge for the benefit of the Westminster citizens and surrounding region.

Information and inquiries about the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the Woman Creek Reservoir Authority or the refuge "Friends Group" can be obtained by calling 303-658-2177, or 303-438-0482.

 

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