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Refuge at former nuke weapons site to open in September

Author: Associated Press - June 14, 2018 - Updated: June 14, 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)

BOULDER — Court documents in a pending lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say trails at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in northern Colorado will be closed until at least Sept. 15.

The Daily Camera reported Wednesday that a group of plaintiffs hopes to keep the refuge closed until a judge decides the merits of the case.

Environmental activists filed a lawsuit against the agency in May.

The suit claims the agency hasn’t conducted required testing to prove that the refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons facility is safe for public visits.

The agency says studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show the site is safe.

Activists say a new study of the area is needed.

Associated Press

Associated Press