The Rocky Flats Paradox

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By Sara Cottle, Alex Feltes, Julia Medeiros

The Rocky Flats Paradox is a multimedia story that explores the controversy surrounding the Rocky Flats Plant, which manufactured the cores of U.S. nuclear weapons during the Cold War, becoming a National Wildlife Refuge by looking at the complex and troubled history of the site from operations through clean-up and hearing from voices of the past and the present.

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View towards Arapahoe Glacier from Niwot Ridge, a research station on the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. | Photo by Sara Cottle

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