Over the world there are people resisting corporate control. Take Boulder's plans to municipalize its electric utility as an example. Think of Community Supported Agriculture, municipally owned water utilities and people-owned radio, like KGNU.

Then, make a mental leap to the idea that individuals across the world can equip themselves with personal geiger counters to track nuclear radiation.

A nonprofit company, Safecast, has been building a public radiation sensor network "comprised of sensors actively being deployed around Japan," they say, to map nuclear radiation from the Fukushima disaster. The idea that freely available radiation data needs to be available to the public was the impetus for developing the company.

Awareness that there is a need for more environmental-radiation data on a global level has spread the concept across the world. Individuals may buy a geiger counter "kit" from the company, assemble it and, along with a smartphone, it may be mounted on car windows and driven through suspected areas of nuclear radiation (around Rocky Flats, for example) to measure and map possible radiation.

According to "Full Body Burden, Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats," by Kristen Iverson, more than 70,000 plutonium "triggers" for nuclear bombs were produced at Rocky Flats from 1952 to 1989. If a pit were fractured into breathable particles, there would be enough plutonium to kill every person on earth.


Iverson has pointed out that plutonium contamination still exists on and around Rocky Flats. The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's Nuclear Guardianship project intends to participate in measuring amounts of nuclear radiation near Rocky Flats, especially since the recent floods sent sheets of water spreading off the site, and to this end, has ordered a geiger counter kit from Safecast.

Activists and others are concerned about the possibility of the Jefferson Parkway being built and the residual plutonium dust being released as machines bite into the earth along the eastern edge of Rocky Flats.

According to Iverson and others, plutonium is dangerous if it is inhaled or enters the body through an open wound or by swallowing it. Kaiser-Hill LLC, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment all say that the site is clean enough, but onsite levels of contamination remain controversial, and the wind blows mightily across the Flats.

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's "Peace Train" column runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.