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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460911474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460911471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of great details from someone on the inside.
VYFA
Energies of this magnitude cause massive indiscriminate damage to cells and cell components and are not targeted at all.
D. Nelson
An excellent, even-handed, fact-based study with cogent personal observations on a much-abused topic.
William J. Bonville

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This book confirms my belief that man is not a rational animal but rather a rationalizing animal. This book is a masterpiece of rationalization. There are two observations the author gets right: (1) The DOE and its parent the AEC are entirely responsible for the environmental mess at Rocky Flats, (although the succession of managing contractors didn't help make things any better); and (2) The FBI/EPA raid was likely based on faulty intelligence, was probably ill advised, and was used to cover up the incompetence and negligence of the DOE agents using Rockwell as a scapegoat. The rest of the book is a self narrated pity party for Hobbs who spends half the book insisting that no crimes were committed. That's not hard to achieve when the DOE was exempted from most environmental laws. To be fair, most of the decisions which ultimately resulted in severe contamination at the Flats were made before Hobb's tenure as an environmental manager and afterwards he was given very few real working solutions for off-site or even on-site disposal of radioactive and mixed waste. His attempt to suggest that there was minimal contamination over the years, however, is disingenuous at best and untruthful at worst. The 1957 and 1969 fires burned several hundred pounds of plutonium dust that had collected in the duct-work and air filters of the plant, because they had not been properly cleaned or replaced as required. This plutonium went up the stack as PuO2 particles to be widely disbursed across the Denver area. It is also absurd to suggest that plutonium contamination from the Rocky Flats plant was insignificant compared to the worldwide plutonium contamination from atmospheric nuclear bomb testing.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lhamon on October 21, 2012
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I was excited when I started reading this book as it gave an insider view of the accident. Then it spent WAY too much time talking about the court proceedings and investigations that went on later. I actually skipped about 50 pages as I could not force myself to be interested. The ending just kind of fizzled out. I would only recommend it to hard core investigators or those that live in the area.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VYFA on March 4, 2015
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A lot of great details from someone on the inside. Most of the stuff on the Rocky Flats is an outsider view. Regardless of what people think of the place it served in a place and time that is much different than today, but not any safer (... more countries have nukes now).
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Dobner on January 18, 2013
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I have read quite a few books on Rocky Flats and watched a few DVD news documentaries and this book says they all lies. its too obvious that this book was written by someone who was hired by the DOE to sugar coat and lie to make everything look great at the plant. Not worth reading FFFFF
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You can put lipstick on a pig, but we still know it's a pig.

Watch, "Practices of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant - Part 1 of 3" and Parts 2 and 3 on YouTube.

Nuclear waste stored in steel barrels on the ground in dirt lots, of course the bottoms rotted out.
Nuclear waste stored outdoors in cardboard boxes, in the rain.
Two major fires, many small fires.
Lost nuclear inventory, some of which was found in the duct work.
Incineration of nuclear waste without a permit to operate the incinerator.
Contamination of nearby bodies of water.

It's a man made disgrace, a testament to all the industrial military complex stands for.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K London on July 29, 2012
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I worked at Rocky Flats from 1981 to 2003 - during the Cold War and the clean-up. I have held plutonium in my hands (through gloveboxes). Too much fear-mongering has been presented to the public. I attended one public meeting where a lady who lived near the plant said, in tears, that she made her children play in the basement because she was afraid to let them outside. The poor kids were probably more endangered by radon in the basement than they would be by anything from Rocky Flats. There were risks and hazards at the plant and, yes, there were accidents. We were not perfect but we were conscientious and took our responsibilities seriously. This book covers it all and will give you a picture of what it was really like to work at Rocky Flats.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Bonville on March 1, 2015
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An excellent, even-handed, fact-based study with cogent personal observations on a much-abused topic.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. on October 17, 2011
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This small book tells a story typical of nearly all Rocky Flats employees. Though a short read, it is the counter to all the anti-war, eviromentalist and activist propaganda about Rocky Flats. I was there, and it tells my story!
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