Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Rocky Flats workers meet cleanup standards for third year running

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Employees at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site met cleanup standards for the third year in a row.

"We are particularly proud of our accomplishments in shipping low-level waste where we exceeded the goal set by the cleanup agreement," said Dave Shelton with cleanup contractor Kaiser-Hill.

The Colorado Department of Public Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Department agreed in mid-1996 on the cleanup benchmarks at the former nuclear weapons plant.

Among the tasks finished this year was the cleanup of a depleted uranium waste burial site, the demolition of a health laboratory with small amounts of radioactive contamination and the shipment of more low-level waste than the year before.

Workers logged more than 100,000 hours removing 30 tons of depleted uranium without any injuries, Shelton said.