BLAST FROM THE PASTt: Remember that cliche about History? George Santayana’s in its original form, it read: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’? Perhaps you knew this bit.. I admittedly did not. I find it fascinating and horrific, and that history validates & necessitates our effort and the fight to Save Our St Vrain Valley. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now broadcasted live from the studios of Free Speech TV in Boulder, Colorado, eight miles south of the former plutonium-processing Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, next to that is The Rocky Mountain Arsenal–a former chemical weapons plant where deadly sarin, mustard gas and napalm were manufactured. Goodman interviewed Colorado University professor, Len Ackland, about the former plutonium-processing Rocky Flats nuclear bomb making plant. Ackland is author of the book “Making A Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West” that examines the four-decade history of Rocky Flats; Wes McKinley, a Colorado rancher and the foreman of the Grand Jury that investigated activity at Rocky Flats. He is co-author of “Ambushed Grand Jury: How the Justice Department Covered Up Government Nuclear Crimes and How We Caught Them Red-handed”; and Adrienne Anderson, Professor of Environmental and Ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
–ANDERSON: ” Dean Singleton, who is the head of the media news group here, in our investigation is part of the problem, part of the deal. And the deal was that the polluters paid into a common fund secretly and the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, our two major newspapers here both had dumped toxic waste at Lowry Landfill as well… they had dumped printing inks and solvents and sometimes those can contain PCB’s. They dumped a relatively small amount given what Coor’s dumped, who was the top polluter at the site, and other companies–including Martin Marietta from the Titan Missile factory here, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal dumped waste at Lowry Landfill and trucking records showed that Rocky Flats for years took waste out there as well — unidentified waste”. In 1997 Anderson filed a federal whistleblower case on a plan to mix plutonium waste with sewer sludge, process it into fertilizer and then use on American farms. She currently works with farmers and unions to stop practices like this taking place around the country today.”
The moral of the story, Margaret Mead’s dictum: never doubt for a moment that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. It’s also a call to action– please help us raise awareness– share the info, display a lawn sign, donate, write the email(s)– these are all things that you can do from home while being committed to helping us change the tide in Boulder County on environmental, health, & community threats.
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