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Judge won’t bar public from Rocky Flats

Author: Associated Press - August 9, 2018 - Updated: August 9, 2018

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In this Oct. 13, 2005, file photo, deer cross a road stripped of its asphalt at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant near Golden. Attorneys say they reached a $375 million settlement late Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in a legal battle between the operators of the former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver and thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from the plant hurt their property values. It must still be approved by a federal judge, and it could take months to set up a process for homeowners to file claims. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)In this 2005 file photo, deer cross a road stripped of its asphalt at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant near Golden. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)

A judge has rejected a request to bar the public from a wildlife refuge in Colorado that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant.

The judge on Thursday refused to issue an order that would have kept Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge west of Denver off-limits while the courts hear a lawsuit claiming the government hasn’t studied public safety closely enough.

The lawsuit, filed by environmental and community activists, is pending.

Rocky Flats was the site of a government plant that manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs from 1952 until 1989.

The area where plutonium was processed underwent a $7 billion cleanup but remains closed to the public. A buffer zone surrounding the manufacturing site was turned into a refuge.

The government plans to open some trails in September.

Associated Press

Associated Press