JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Kristen Iversen used to live near Rocky Flats, and then she worked for the former nuclear weapons production facility. Now she’s writing about it.
Her book is coming out on the one-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake and nuclear power station reactor accident.
“There are many similarities, with respect to what’s happened with nuclear weapons sites around the United States, particularly Rocky Flats,” Iversen says.
Iversen has written the book “Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.” The book is due out in June.
Meantime, in Old Town Arvada, a committee continues to take steps to open up the “Rocky Flats Cold War Museum.” The museum’s president, Ann Lockhart, says, “Some people say it’s horribly dangerous and I don’t share that opinion.”
Just downwind from Rocky Flats, at the West Arvada Dog Park, worry about radiation seems at a low level.
“You haven’t seen anything change in anybody. You haven’t seen any new sicknesses, diseases come up. I think people just worry about it, because people need something to do,” says Mary Baker.
As for Kristen Iversen, she hopes the museum accurately records the site’s past and forewarns museum visitors about its possible future.