Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Panel Warns of Plutonium Risk.(Final)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Colo. Plant Full Of Bad Memories

New Mexicans should think about the environmental problems at the old Rocky Flats plutonium factory near Denver before embracing a similar proposal here, a panel of speakers said at a meeting Wednesday evening in Albuquerque.

Two sites in New Mexico are on the short list of five possible sites for a new U.S. nuclear weapons factory, and civic leaders in Carlsbad are actively courting the project.

But the history of environmental damage and worker illness associated with Rocky Flats should give pause, said Janet Brown, co-founder of a group of retired and disabled Rocky Flats workers. …

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