What happens when a massive nuclear weapons plant closes down in your neighborhood? ROCKY FLATS is the story of one community’s fight in Colorado to uncover the truth about the toxic legacy of the Cold War in their backyards
ROCKY FLATS is a feature documentary about an under-the-radar yet crucial environmental story – of the massive amount of nuclear waste left in the American landscape by the Cold War.
The film follows events now unfolding in Colorado, where a contentious fight has erupted over the fate of the lands around the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility. Late in 2018, the federal government opened Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, 6,500 acres that once surrounded the most notoriously mismanaged nuclear weapons plant in U.S. history.
The government claims that the lands are free of plutonium contamination, but a growing coalition of scientists, citizens, environmental groups, and physicians are vehemently disagreeing. They know that for decades, Rocky Flats leaked radioactive plutonium into the air, soil, and water of surrounding areas – long suspected to be the cause of the high rates of cancer in these communities.
While a 1989 FBI raid closed down the plant forever, citizens of Colorado are still fighting to unearth the truth about Rocky Flats – including the lasting impacts it has had on their lands and towns. ROCKY FLATS follows five characters who are leading this fight, and by the end of the year, their efforts will open a Pandora’s Box the federal government hoped had closed long ago.
ROCKY FLATS is the story of one of the most decisive years in the recent history of our nuclear weapons program, in the process shedding crucial light on one of the most pressing environmental stories of our time.