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Debate Over Radioactive Waste Erupts Near Cemetery

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- Controversy has erupted in Boulder over an environmental clean-up next to a historic cemetery.

Protesters claim the work crews are disturbing graves located atop Valmont Butte on 63rd Street.

The crews are working to clean-up radioactive waste left in the wake of years of mining activity.

In the process, relatives of those buried in the cemetery claim one unmarked grave rock may have been dug up.

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"We don't know who was buried there. There was no name on it but it was pretty obvious that it's part of the cemetery," said Jody Harper.

The City of Boulder said both an archeologist and Native American monitor evaluated the location. Both experts verified that the rock formation was not a historic artifact and that the marker had been recently placed there.

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