The issues of Rocky Flats have long been at the forefront for Arvada policy makers as well as for the elected officials from other communities bordering the area. This is the reason why the Rocky Flats Coalition of Local Governments (RFCOLG) was orginally created - to provide assurance and accountability from the Dept. of Energy that the clean up of the nuclear weapons site was done in a manner ensuring the immediate and long term health of area residents. Boulder, Boulder County, Superior, Broomfield, Westminster, Jefferson County and Arvada created RFCOLG in 1999 to advocate to the Dept. of Energy for a high standard for the clean up of Rocky Flats because of their concern for the health and safety of their citizens. RFCOLG worked diligently to ensure that the clean up would serve the interests of the communities both immediately and for the long term. Local officials worked tirelessly to ensure that the health of individuals and businesses located in the Rocky Flats area would be maintained. It is important to note that all these communities, and all of these elected officials, unanimously agreed that the DOE had met the standards sought by RFCOLG at the time of the closure. After closure in 2006, this organization has evolved into the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council to monitor conditions and meet periodically with the DPE, EPA and the State Dept. of Health. If you are interested in RFCOLG you can find more information at www.rockyflatssc.org where they have numerous reports, analyses and data collected over the last 40 years on soils, air and water quality in and around Rocky Flats.
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