Monday, May 01, 2000

Flats scientist to lecture tonight

Colorado Daily Staff Report

The scientist in charge of a recent study examining how much plutonium should be left at Rocky Flats after cleanup will give a public presentation tonight in Boulder.

John Till, the president of Risk Assessment Corp., led a team of scientists who recently completed an independent peer-reviewed scientific study of the official standard for cleanup of plutonium in soil at Rocky Flats.

Portions of the Rocky Flats site, located south of Boulder, are heavily contaminated with plutonium, which was used for decades to make components for nuclear weapons.

Based on RAC's research, a citizen group known as the Rocky Flats Radionuclide Soil Action Level Oversight Panel has recommended that the plutonium cleanup standard for Rocky Flats be reduced by 95 percent compared with the current government standard.

Till's presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, 1520 Euclid Ave. The event is free, although donations will be collected.

More information is available by calling (303) 444-6981.