AUTHORAckland, Len
TITLEMaking a Real Killing
PUBLISHERUniversity of New Mexico Press
CITYAlbuquerque, NM
DATE PUBLISHED1999
ISBN0-8263-1877-0


This book tells the story of the nuclear weapons plant at Rocky Flats, Colorado. It also tells the story of those who lived and worked there during decades of weapons production. The plant received plutonium paste from the Hanford, Washington facility, solidified it, shaped it, and shipped it to the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas for assembly into weapons. The author, Len Ackland, depicts decades of unsafe management at Rocky Flats due to high production quotas from the Department of Defense. He outlines the series of fires at the plant that released plutonium into the environment and irradiated workers. He also describes repeated denials of serious problems voiced by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), and the raid of the facility in 1989 by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The book is an excellent source for learning about the plutonium processing for nuclear arms that occurred in Rocky Flats.


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