Rocky Flats Downwinders

DOWN-WIND-ER: A person living downwind of a nuclear test site, weapons plant or reactor, where the risk from fallout or radiation leaks is greatest.

Have Rocky Flats Downwinders suffered negative health effects from living near the former nuclear weapons plant outside of Arvada, Colorado? In order to learn more about the health effects of living and recreating in the area, it is important to conduct health research on former and current residents. 

Exposure to radiation can cause illness and death. The Veterans Administration has recognized certain diseases as resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation.

  • Cancers of the thyroid, bile ducts bone, brain, breast, colon, esophagus, gall bladder, liver, lung, pancreas, pharynx, ovary, salivary gland, small intestine, stomach, urinary tract (kidney/renal, pelvis, urinary bladder, and urethra)
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphomass
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease
  • Parathyroid adenoma
  • Posterior subcapsular cataracts
  • Tumors of the brain and central nervous system

Other health problems that may be linked to radiation exposure include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Pulmonary Illnesses
  • Reproductive problems and birth defects
  • MS
  • Autism
  • Anxiety/Mental Health Illnesses and more

The Metropolitan State University of  Denver through its Integrative Health Department is conducting a Health Survey to collect data from former and current residents who reside near the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. This study has been recently been revised (updated 4/10/17).

If you were a resident of the areas circumscribed by the boundaries of Highway 7/168th/Arapahoe Avenue on the north, I-25 on  the east, Colfax Avenue on the south, and Highway 93 on the west (see map) from 1952 to the present day we invite you to take the Metropolitan State University of Denver health survey. A health survey completed by residents can establish the need for medical monitoring. NO COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SURVEY HAS EVER BEEN CONDUCTED BEFORE ON ROCKY FLATS RESIDENTS.

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For the preliminary findings of the health survey, click here.

Health Survey

UPDATE 4/10/17 People asked and Metro responded by updating their survey to include a larger geographical area and people living in the area from 1952-present.

The Metropolitan State University’s Health Survey is now available. Please click here to take the survey. For more information on the health survey, click here.

To read our open letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) demanding action as a result of the preliminary findings of the health survey, click here.



To read our follow up letter to the CDPHE Dec. 12, 2006, click here.

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